Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451

A loving and skilful effort to translate the perfection of Bradbury’s masterpiece into the graphic novel form.

by 727hocuspocus on ‎02-24-2010 04:40 PM
There is no way to say what kind of a book this is so I decided to write a summary so people looking to read this can become even more interested and I urge you to read this. And I added some comments to spice it up. In the 24 century fireman Guy Montag takes pleasure at his job as a fireman. But in the 24-century fireman are different instead of putting out fires they set them. They go around burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. (Sounds fun. the book part not the house) but "guy" soon begins to question the value of his job and his life. Throughout the novel "guy" struggles with his existence eventually fleeing his "guy", censored society and joining an underground network of intellectuals. With his newfound friends "guy" witnesses the destruction of his former city and dedicates himself to rebuilding a literate and cultural society. in the beginning "guy" develops a friendship with his teenage neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, (odd) whose "down to earth" outlook and inquisitive nature prompt "guy" to examine his life. Soon, he realizes he is unhappy and no longer loves his wife, Millie. But in fact Millie is unwilling to deal with reality and instead chooses to immerse herself in interactive television, seashell radio, and an addiction to tranquilizers. (Sounds like some people now) unfulfilled by his job and discontent with a society unconcerned with reports of an impending atomic war "guy" begins to question the ways of society. "guy" wonders why books are said to be so dangerous and why some people protect them. What power lies in books? (Knowledge?) Because his increasing curiosity "guy" steals a book from a collection he is sent to burn. But "guy" is shaken when the owner of the books, an older woman, refuses to leave her home. Instead, the woman sets fire to her kerosene soaked house and remains there are both destroyed by flames. (That’s crazy. right?) The woman's dedication to her books makes "guy" realize that maybe he can find happiness in books. After "guy" returns home, feeling ill as he relives the woman's gruesome death. He begins to realize that even though he thought he was serving society as a fireman, he was actually purely an instrument of destruction. That night "guy" learns that a speeding car killed his friend Clarisse more than a week earlier. After hearing this "guy" feels even more ill. He falls asleep with the book underneath his pillow. The next day, "guy" refuses to go to work, he says he is sick. Captain Beatty, his boss, visits "guy". Somehow he’s aware of the conflict "guy" is suffering through, and that "guy" might have some books. Beatty yells at "guy" about the dangers of books (what getting board) and the superiority of the current society, where homogeneity and structure are mandated, to the old society where free thought was encouraged and people were permitted to express differing opinions. During Beatty's visit, Millie nervously organizes the bedroom and tries to pull guys pillow away. When he won't let her, she puts her hand underneath it and finds the hidden book. Millie is scared but she does not directly give up her husband, she asks Beatty what would happen if a fireman brought a book home. Beatty says firemen are allowed to bring a book home, but must burn it within 24 hours. When Beatty leaves, "guy" retrieves all the books that he has stolen from alarms over the years and begins to read. Unsure as to what to do next, "guy" remembers a retired professor, Faber, and discussion with the old man about the value of ideas. He decides to visit Faber, who is at first afraid to talk to him. Scared that he will be the fireman's next victim. But over a period of time as the two men grow to trust one another; Faber becomes a mentor to "guy", sharing insight with the fireman and conspiring with him to have copies of his books made. Faber gives Montag a small two-way radio of his own invention to insert it into both of there ears so that the two men will always be in communication. At home, "guy" becomes disgusted with his wife and her friends as they sit idly, watching television and talking gossip that reveals their selfishness and lack of awareness or even concern for the impending atomic war. Against Faber's objections streaming through the secret radio echoing in his ear, "guy" engages the women in a debate about family and politics. Next, he reads to them from a book of poetry. They react but not how you think. They start to cry but don’t understand why. When Millie's two confused friends leave, she goes to her room to take some sleeping pills and "guy" hides his books in the backyard before leaving for work, where Beatty talks more about anti-books and anti-intellectual rhetoric. The firemen are called to an alarm, and "guy" is confused to discover that it is his own house that is to be burned. His wife Millie reported him. (That’s messed up) After burning his home and possessions by himself. When captain Beatty goes to punish guy they start to fight during which Faber's radio is knocked from guys ear. When Beatty says that both guy and his "friend" (Faber) will be dealt with severely, guy threatens him with the flamethrower. When Beatty continues to verbally abuse him, Montag flips the switch and kills him. At once, the Mechanical Hound, a computerized attack dog that can track down any human being by scent, pursues him. The Hound stabs him in the leg with a procaine needle, but guy is able to destroy it with the flamethrower before it can do more damage. Guy retrieves his remaining books from the yard before running to Faber's. On the way, he pauses to plant the books in the home of fireman Black, briefly collects himself at a gas station where he hears reports that war has been declared, and when crossing the road is nearly run over by a reckless driver. Faber provides refuge for guy who is being hotly pursued by a second Mechanical Hound and the authorities. Faber provides guy with some old clothes (masking his scent which will through the Mechanical Hound off his trail), and tells him to go to the river and float downstream to the train tracks, where he will hopefully find a camp of intellectual outlaws who can help him. In turn, guy encourages Faber to turn on all of his sprinklers to throw the Hound of his scent. Guy leaves. Faber turns his sprinklers on and then sets off for St. Louis to commission a former printer he knows to print the books. Guy floats down the river. Avoiding the Hound, and comes upon a group of former writers, clergymen, and academics by the riverbank. The leader of the group, an author named Granger, welcomes guy and offers him a concoction to change his pH so that the Hound cannot detect his presence. Then Men the use a portable television to watch the police chase guy's escape has caused. Guy is shocked to see the Mechanical Hound kill another man as the announcer proclaims, "guy is dead!" The police, not wanting to lose the confidence of the public, set the Hound after an innocent man when it lost guy's scent. Granger tells Montag how the men in his camp have each memorized literary works so that someday, when it is safe to do so, they can again print books, recreating them from memory. When atomic bombs destroy the city, the men set out to sift through the rubble and begin anew. They plan to foster a society where books and free thought can be reborn.

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