Literary Analysis of Fahrenheit 451

Updated: 5/12/2020
Literary Analysis of Fahrenheit 451

Storyboard Text

  • Are you happy?
  • Sit down and stop cleaning!
  • ???
  • Characterization: Guy Montag is a firemen, and his mindset followed societies, where books did not belong in the world and should be burned. "It was such a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed"(1).
  • Maybe we burn wrong.
  • Exposition: The setting is located in the future, where books aren't accepted in the world. A teenage girl, Clarisse, made his question his happiness. "He wore his happiness like a mask"(9).
  • Look. They caught 'you'.
  • Rising Action: Montag accidentally takes a novel from a woman's home. Beatty discusses why books are controversial. "Well then, what if a fireman accidentally, really not intending anything, takes a book home with him?(59)
  • Climax: Beatty discovered Montag was in possession of multiple books. He forced him to burn his own books, and Montag took matters into his own hands. "Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him"(113). This created a dark and serious mood, as Montag killed his coworker just for books.
  • Falling Action: Montag was running away from authorities after killing Beatty, until authorities found a scapegoat which allowed Montag to escape successfully. "They're faking. You threw them off at the river. They can't admit it"(141)"
  • Theme/resolution: Montag found a group of people who enjoy books, and decided to stay with them. Instead of keeping books, they "have photographic memories, but spend a lifetime learning how to block off the things that are really in there"(144). The main theme of the story is people do not have to follow society's expectations. Montag did not follow the expectations, and ended up finding people he had things in common with.