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Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury.


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Discussion Guide

Kalamazoo Public Library has prepared a comprehensive guide for book discussion leaders. The guide features a brief Bradbury biography, a background and summary of Fahrenheit 451, plus descriptions of novel's themes and major characters. Tips on being a good discussion leader, aspects to include in your discussion, and discussion questions are all included. Copies of the guide are available at any public library in Kalamazoo County.

Discussion Starters

The novel's protagonist, Guy Montag, turns to books to rescue himself; instead they help demolish his life — he loses his wife, job and home; he kills a man and is forced to be a nomad. Does he gain any benefits from books? If so, what are they?

The lead firefighter, Captain Beatty, quotes history, scripture, poetry, and philosophy. He is obviously a well-read man. Why hasn't he been punished? And why does he view the books he reads with such contempt?

How do you feel about stands taken by the author or Fahrenheit 451 characters on:

  • Conformity vs. individuality
  • Freedom of speech and the consequences of losing it
  • The importance of remembering and understanding history
  • Machines as helpers to humans vs. machines as hindrances or enemies

Free copies of the discussion guide are now available at all libraries in Kalamazoo Country. The final discussion leader training sessions will be held March 8. Call 553-7913.

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
—Ray Bradbury
 Questions about the Reading Together program? Email us. Or call (269) 553-7913.