Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where books are banned, and firefighters burn them instead of extinguishing fires. The story follows Guy Montag, a firefighter who starts questioning the oppressive society he lives in, leading him to seek the truth and defy the status quo.

Author: Ray Bradbury
Project: dystopiagovernment
Year of publication: 1953
Pages: 194





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: high

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury can be categorized as a Green Label novel in terms of language, a Blue Label novel in terms of ideas, and a Green Label novel in terms of plot. The language used is moderately complex, incorporating a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to enhance the narrative. The ideas explored, such as censorship, conformity, and the power of literature, are intellectually engaging and encourage deeper reflection. The plot exhibits moderate complexity, featuring multiple storylines and thought-provoking twists. Overall, Fahrenheit 451 offers a compelling reading experience that challenges readers’ perspectives and invites them to contemplate important societal issues.



Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

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