Study Guide

Fahrenheit 451 Three Act Plot Analysis

By Ray Bradbury

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Gosh, when a book is divided into three parts, this just seems too easy. Still, we can identify the elements of each act in each part of Fahrenheit. At the end of Part One, Montag has awakened to new possibilities and rejected his role as a fireman (for the most part). There’s no turning back now.

Act II

Act II ends when things at their worst – Montag’s house is about to be torched and our hero is getting arrested.


After a dramatic chase scene through the city, the novel wraps itself up. Montag gains new knowledge, abandons his old life, and begins an entirely different, more aware existence.

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