Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Douglas Bradbury, who is considered to be one of America's finest authors, wrote Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. In his early years, he was fascinated with magic, magicians, and circuses. He also read the series of Books about the Emerald City of Oz and his Aunt Neva read him the tales of Edgar Allen Poe. At the age of eleven, he began his writing career. Bradbury published his first book in 1947; it was entitled Dark Carnival. His career started an upswing that went on for years. Today, Bradbury lives in Los Angeles with four daughters and several grandchildren.

Fahrenheit 451 is written in three parts followed by the Afterword. The three parts are detailed below: The Hearth and the Salamander The first part in this book is basically background for the entire novel. It introduces the main character, which is Guy Montag.

The other important characters include Mildred Montag, his wife, and Clarisse McClellan, his neighbor. Guy Montag is a fireman in the future, where firemen start fires instead of extinguishing them. One day on Montag's trip home he meets Clarisse. When talking to her he notices that she is different from everyone else he knows; she seems to be living in the past. After a while Montag learns much from her about the past and what seems to be wrong with his life. Eventually, Montag feels sick and his fire captain comes and talks to him, about how every fireman goes through this at one point in their career. At this point Captain Beatty leaves and Montag takes his wife and shows her that he has been hiding books in their home. They are going to read through some of them in 24-48 hours and then if they...