Would would the world be like without books? Ray Bradbury tackles that question—and many more— in Fahrenheit 451. Go ahead; read it on your Kindle.
|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Bradbury - Ray Bradbury|
|Early 20th-Century Literature||Early 20th-Century American Literature|
Literature and Writing
Man and the Natural World
Rules and Order
Technology and Modernization
Wisdom and Knowledge
But I used to be a fireman. [Montag as a fireman]
And as a fireman, I took a solemn oath to uphold the universal book ban.
I burned books.
So why am I here and not torching copies of Shakespeare?
Well, that's quite a story…and one that I don't intend to burn.
A while back, we received several complaints about contraband in the neighborhood. [Dog walks by a fireman]
We conducted a raid, and you wouldn't believe the stash we uncovered.
Seriously, this lady had 'quite a collection the type of books you don't burn everyday.
And sure maybe i pocketed one but, it was just one.. no big deal right?
…448, 449, 450… that's the sweet, book-burning temperature, for those of you who don't know. [Firemen collecting books]
Anyway, we're about to torch this lady's house, when we realize we have a small problem…
She won't leave.
She struck a match and did our job for us.. well before we knew what was happening.. the whole thing went up in flames [Woman lights a match]
I always enjoyed burning books, but after that?
Well, I wasn't feeling so hot.
…Pun mildly intended.
On my way home, I ran into my neighbor, Clarisse. [Montag bumps into Clarisse]
She put me on the hot seat about being a fireman.
She asked me if firemen used to put out fires and help people.
Then she asked me if I ever read the books before I burned them.
And finally, she asked me something I had never before considered: was I happy? [Clarisse asks Montag if he's happy]
It got me thinking.
And pretty soon, I was thinking that maybe… it was time to close the book on my firefighting [Montag places helmet in trash]
so I visited this guy named
He was an English professor, way back when. [Dr Farber teaching English]
Surprisingly enough, he hadn't worked in years.
Dr. Farber warned me that a great war was brewing against rogue thinkers.
And when i later learned that Clarisse had been hit and killed by a car [Clarisse hit by car]
I started to think…maybe this wasn't the kind of world I wanted to
live in anymore.
Clarisse was right.
Our humanity was going down the tubes, and I was starting to notice. [Montag burning with books]
There were problems at home…
…and at work.
…And Captain Beatty was starting to read between the lines.
He caught me with a book, but I played cool and insisted it wasn't mine. [Captain Beatty snatches book from Montag]
I thought everything would be okay.
And I kept thinking that….right up until the fire truck stopped in front of my house.
But the funniest thing happened: I didn’t care anymore.
So what if my own wife called in the alarm? [Montag's wife and Captain Beatty stood outside house]
And so what if I had books?
I was seeing things in a whole new light.
And Captain Beatty?
Well…he won't be seeing much of anything anymore. [Montag sprays Beatty with a hose]
I knew I had to skip town, and fast.
People don’t take too kindly to burning your superiors alive.
So I ran, and I didn't stop running until I found these guys. [Montag running in a forest]
They're a bunch of intellectuals, lead by this man.
Goes by the name of "Granger."
Did I feel out of my league?
These were people who had memorized classic literature.
I’ve only memorized a part of The Book of Ecclesiastes.
But…we all gotta start somewhere, right?
And now that the city's been bombed and everyone I knew is probably gone…well…somebody's [City bombed by plane flying above]
gotta be around to rebuild society
Why not me?