Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury that was first published in 1953.
Read our full plot summary and analysis of Fahrenheit 451, chapter by chapter break-downs, and more.
Summary & Analysis
- Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 1
- Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 2
- Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 3
- Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 4
- Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 5
- Part II: The Sieve and the Sand, Section 1
- Part II: The Sieve and the Sand, Section 2
- Part III: Burning Bright, Section 1
- Part III: Burning Bright, Section 2
- Part III: Burning Bright, Section 3
See a complete list of the characters in Fahrenheit 451 and in-depth analyses of Guy Montag, Mildred Montag, Captain Beatty, Professor Faber, and Clarisse McClellan.
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Questions & Answers
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- Why did the government ban books?
- Why does Mildred overdose on sleeping pills?
- Why does Montag want to read books?
- How does Montag know about Faber?
- How does Beatty learn about Montag’s book stash?
- What happens to Clarisse?
- Why does Mrs. Phelps cry when Montag reads aloud the poem?
- Why does Montag think Beatty wants to die?
- What is the Mechanical Hound?
- How does meeting Clarisse affect Montag?
- Why can’t Montag and Mildred remember how they met?
- Why does Montag say that he feels like he’s “putting on weight”?
- Why don’t the characters in Fahrenheit 451 want to have children?
- Why does Faber consider himself a coward?
- Why are people so violent in Fahrenheit 451?
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- A US City in the Distant Future
Test your knowledge of Fahrenheit 451 with quizzes about every section, major characters, themes, symbols, and more.
- Full Book Quiz
- The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 1
- The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 2
- The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 3
- The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 4
- The Hearth and the Salamander, Section 5
- The Sieve and the Sand, Section 1
- The Sieve and the Sand, Section 2
- Burning Bright, Section 1
- Burning Bright, Section 2
- Burning Bright, Section 3
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