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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury
Publisher Del Ray Books
ISBN 0345342968
Publication Year 1987
Honors None
Reading Level 5.2
Main Character Age 0
Main Character is Human
Summary (Publisher"s Summary)
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do...

Subject Matter Summaries

Summary Details For Positive Elements:

p.6-10, 28-31 Montag allows Clarisse to walk home with him. He takes the time to talk to Clarisse and she takes time to listen to him. p.90-93 Faber shares his invention with Montag and helps him out by talking to him. p.147 The hobos, men on the run, allow Montag to join their camp after he has to flee the city.

Summary Details For Mature Subject Matter:

DEATH p.30 Clarisse tells Montag about 10 friends who died in car wrecks. p.50 A woman is burned to death in this scene. p.101 Mrs. Bowles' second husband was killed in a jet crash. SUICIDE p.94 Gloria's husband jumped off a building and was killed. p.101 Mrs. Bowles' third husband shot himself in the head. WAR p.158, 159 A bomb is dropped on the city in this scene. p.160, 162 This scene includes a description of the impact of the bomb on the city. RELIGION p.81 There is a discussion about the Bible and Christ and if God recognizes his own son. p.150, 151 Once he is with the hobos, Montag shares that he has the Book of Ecclesiastes to contribute to the group. There is mention that they already have an Ecclesiastes, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Summary Details For Profanity/Language:

DEGRADING COMMENTS Fool p.86, 87, 90, 103, 105 MILD OBSCENITIES D*mn, d*mned, d*mmit p.11, 40, 53, 57, 61, 64, 163 H*ll p.15, 27, 73, 89, 97, 98, 148 “The h*ll with that.” “For the h*ll of it.” SEXUAL REFERENCES p.61 One character refers to sex in a conversation with another character. RELIGIOUS EXCLAMATIONS Good God p.87, 91, 96, 98, 162 The characters call out to God at various times. “Good God” “My God My God” “Name of God” ANATOMICAL TERMS *ss p.86, 158 "The books are to remind us what *sses and fools we are."

Summary Details For Sexual Content:

There is no sexual content in the book.

Summary Details For Violence/Illegal Activity:

MILD VIOLENCE p.66 Montag slaps Mildred to stop her from trying to throw the books in the incinerator. p.120 Montag hits two firemen on the head and knocks them out in this scene. FRIGHTENING SCENES p.13-15 Mildred, Montag's wife, takes a bottle of sleeping pills and could not be awakened. Her stomach had to be pumped. p.120 Montag is hit by a car in this scene. GORE p.119 Montag sets Captain Beatty on fire. p.149 Mechanical Hound attacks and kills a man. FELONY p.3 The firemen burn books and a house. p.50 There is a discussion about 1,000 books being burned in this scene.

Summary Details For Tobacco/Alcohol/Drugs:

TOBACCO p.15, 16 There are several references to the machine operator smoking cigarettes. p.53, 58, 50 Captain Beatty smokes a pipe in this scene. ALCOHOL p.133 Faber and Montag each drink a glass of whiskey. p.136 Montag takes the bottle of whiskey with him. p.139 Montag washes himself with raw liquor and drinks part of it.

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Summary Details For Disrespectful/Anti-Social Elements:

LYING p.34 Captain Beatty asks Montag if he has any books. Montag tells him no. EXPRESSIONS OF BAD ATTITUDES, ANGER, AND MOODINESS p.15 Montag tells one machine operator to "stop it" as he talks about the procedure that is being performed on his wife. p.56, 57 Montag becomes angry with Mildred because she continues to try to make him get out of bed. Mildred runs out of the room and slams the door. p.76, 77 Mildred screams at Montag for having books in the house.