Farenheit 451

Beatty blames the minority groups, who would take offense to published works that displayed them in an unfavorable light. I admit to myself that the cover looks really awesome - a black suited, menacing man shooting flames over something that looks like books.

In the Preface of his anthology Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit he states that this is an oversimplification.

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Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. By aboutthe Cold War was in full swing, and the American public's fear of nuclear warfare and communist influence was at a feverish level.

Thus Beatty reveals that, despite his disillusionment, he was once an enthusiastic reader. Mildred "Millie" Montag is Guy Montag's wife.

When Montag fails to show up for work, his fire chief, Beatty, pays a visit to his house.

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Bradbury saw these forms of media as a threat to the reading of books, indeed as a threat to society, as he believed they could act as a distraction from important affairs. Montag runs through the city streets towards Faber's house.

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He mentions he will be leaving on an early bus heading to St. Montag encounters a gentle seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan, who opens his eyes to the emptiness of his life with her innocently penetrating questions and her unusual love of people and nature. Schuyler Miller characterized the title piece as "one of Bradbury's bitter, almost hysterical diatribes," while praising its "emotional drive and compelling, nagging detail. And of course, things have changed a lot in four years. This was not fiction. Characters[ edit ] Guy Montag is the protagonist and a fireman who presents the dystopian world in which he lives first through the eyes of a worker loyal to it, then as a man in conflict about it, and eventually as someone resolved to be free of it. Bowles, and they set up a date to watch the "parlor walls" that night at Mildred's house. He remembers that he once met a retired English professor named Faber sitting in a park, and he decides that this man might be able to help him understand what he reads. However, it is still unclear whether or not Beatty was ever on Montag's side, or if he was just suicidal. A few days after her first meeting with Montag, she disappears without any explanation; Mildred tells Montag and Captain Beatty confirms that Clarisse was hit by a speeding car and that her family moved away following her death.

I look at the small library that I've had since childhood; a shelf of about 30 books.

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Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury