Summary Of Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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"The Hearth and The Salamander" In the novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is a fireman in a society where many books are illegal. His job is to burn the books and the place housing them if reported or suspected. After work one night, he comes in contact with his neighbor that he’s never met before named Clarisse McClellan. She makes him second guess his happiness and life overall. When Montag gets to his house he discovers that his wife named Mildred took the whole bottle of sleeping pills and calls 911. Mildred wakes up denying everything she’s accused of. Over a period of time, Clarisse and Montag consistently meet after Montag gets off work. She talks to him about her interests and how they make her seem strange to others and the world around her. Clarisse grows on Montag and he enjoys seeing her, but once he gets used to seeing her, she is nowhere to be seen. Some time later, Montag and the fire crew encounter a house owned by an old woman overwhelmed with illegal books. They check the attic and piles of books erupt from it. Montag keeps a falling book before any of the other firemen notice. The old woman doesn’t want to exit the house and her books so she lights a match and sets…show more content…
He goes to Montag’s house to check up on him. Noticing that Montag seems uneasy, the captain explains how books became illegal and why firemen do what they do. He explains that books only cause conflict across the human race and that they have no purpose. New concepts like television and sports have been created as a non-degrading new form of entertainment, revealing that this society takes place in the future. Books are seen as evil in this society so the new job of firemen was to burn these banned books to promote world peace. He coincidentally says that every fireman will take a book due to curiousness and if it is taken care of twenty four hours after the fact, then he won’t be penalized for the illegal
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