Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report


This is a story about a man named Guy Montag
who is a fireman. He’s not a fireman by today’s standards though. Instead of putting out fires,
he starts them by burning books, which are outlawed by the government. After talking to his neighbor, Clarisse, Guy
begins to question his work. He looks around and sees a wife who doesn’t love him and an
entire society caught up in technology and war. People kill each other every day and
no one seems to care. After learning that Clarisse died, Guy further
begins to question whether or not he is doing the right thing by burning books. So much
so, that he steals a book before burning a lady and pile of books. His fire captain, Beatty, notices changes
in Guy and watches him carefully. Guy reveals to his wife that he’s had a small collection
of books in their house and they try to read them together, but his wife is disinterested. Guy meets an old English professor, Faber,
and they decide to fight the government. Meanwhile, when Guy is at work, they get an
alarm that books have been discovered. Surprisingly, the firemen end up at Guy’s house. Guy is forced to burn all of his books with
a flamethrower, but then kills Beatty when provoked. He grabs what books he can and runs
to Faber’s house for a last goodbye. The government has a full televised search
for Guy, even using a mechanical search dog to track him. Guy makes it out of the city
and travels down the river, where he meets a group of runaways. There, he learns that
they all have memorized books, a human library of literature. In the end, the runaways see the city being
destroyed by enemy bombs and prepare for the grim future. So why does this society not like books? What
did book ever do to people? In this society, people have chosen to not read books. It’s
that simple. The majority of people stopped reading and instead wanted entertainment with
bite-sized portions of educational information. From there, the government decided that books
should be banned because books contained conflicting ideas that brought about arguments and conflicts.
So rather than have a marketplace of ideas, the government wanted to streamline thinking
so that everyone thought the same way. And what’s scary is that this doesn’t seem too
farfetched to happen in real life. Most importantly, this story tries to answer
the question: Why are books so important? As Faber discusses with Guy, books are valuable
for three reasons. The first is that books hold quality information. The second reason
is that books require time to read them, a commitment. And the third reason is that we
have the ability to react to our world based on what we, as readers, gain from the read
material. That the words in books are not just lifeless words, but carry meaning that
has real life application in our lives. It’s not just that this old dead guy wrote
some things for me to have to read hundreds of years later, but how do those words apply
to our society today? Even though technology has advanced our world,
we still tend to see the same human problems from the past, so it seems that technology
makes our lives easier, but doesn’t really solve many of our most basic problems, like
war, disease, and poverty. It is quite scary how the author could have
imagined some of the technology that we find ourselves using today. In the story, the society
has fast cars, mechanical dogs, large TV screens, reality TV, bluetooth, and a host of other
technologies. It makes you wonder how far we are from a world without books.

100 Replies to “Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Book Summary and Review) – Minute Book Report

  1. Don't feel guilty. These videos aren't meant to replace books. Just as review material. When videos start replacing books, then it's time to get worried. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. its ironic because this book sounds a lot like what you're doing by providing these entertaining videos to summarize books instead of reading them…

  3. Great video this has inspired me to read more often. Please make new videos because I have read all the ones you reviewed.

  4. Hey Minute… I just want to say that Battle Royale is the first book to ever have the idea of children killing each other. They even accused Suzanne Collins for copying.

  5. i have to write a summary for this book without telling the ending and i need help because i read this book months ago and im just starting the summary so the guy Guy kills is called BB right?

  6. I just watched an entertaining video about a book that argues that books are important to read and that we should not just watch entertaining stuf with small bits of info…

  7. thank you for helping me understand what i read dude! I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚ (Don't worry i didn't copy from you directly)

  8. i acually had a midterm on this today. and i didnt read it . so i watched this video like 10 times. and i got a 93

  9. I'm watching this because my language arts teacher said that we'll be reading this soon and I can't wait to read it.

  10. Pretty accurate but left out the detail about him montag reading pomes to his wife's friends, and the group he meats, some memorize parts of books like books of the bible i.e., Mathew, mark, John or Luke. I'm not sure what one it was but, yah u get the point.

  11. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-03-15/disappearing-books-how-russia-is-shuttering-its-ukrainian-library

  12. I've been looking into dystopian books such as 1984 and reading that it was scary to see the similarities to our modern world. Reading Fahrenheit 451 gave me the same feels, but I wouldn't be surprised if the world becomes one without hard copies of books, as sad as it is to say.

  13. I can now go back to school with no worries about this summer reading assignment. You made this so much easier to understand, thank you!

  14. Oml I can here cuz I thought the book was boring and stupid and I didn't want to read it but I would dead watch this as a movie

  15. Have you read Brave New World a Sci-Fi dystopian Alex Huxely Novel on the dangers of distraction, pleasure, and industrialization. It is year 2542 AD aka year 632 AF (After Henry Ford's Model T car). The state religion is Fordism a secular (No God like Confusion-ism [Real life ancient China] but worshiped reverently in a church with clergy hierarchy, music, and oaths ).
    1) Pregnancy has been eliminated because all babies are made in factories. Each factory made baby is given a Caste Alpha (The ruling class) Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon (The lowest class). Each Caste has a certain set of characteristics Alphas are genetically intelligent and tall but Epsilons are short and stupid. To reinforce the Genetic 2) Engineering Caste System all children are psychologically conditioned to do the jobs of their caste. Through both audio sleep learning, violent mandatory torture, pleasurable reinforcement, and school learning.
    3) People get legally high on Soma. A drug that gets rid of all negative emotions with no hang over
    4) People are encouraged to buy lots of products for the economy. Excessive mindless entertainment is considered positive for the state. With Feelies replacing movies. And lots of music in the air.
    5) No one has close friendships but pleasant acquaintances made for fun. Marriage and pregnancy is illegal and considered obscene. People are young throughout their lives until they die.
    6) The world is ruled by 9 world controllers and who ever deviate from this society's norms is sent to an island

  16. Hey! So I am making a video on the books I most recommend, do you mind If I put the link to this video on my video so that viewers interested in knowing more about the book can learn more before reading?

  17. If you found this video helpful, please Like and Share the video with your friends. If you want to know what Iโ€™m currently reading, as well as watch other book summaries, please subscribe to the channel. Thanks.

  18. It is only a summary and no review. Well done besides that, it is really clear, good to follow and helpful. Thankyou very much

  19. I remember reading Fahrenheit for the first time and the vivid image of the mechanical dogs still gives me chills. Call me crazy but I'm pretty sure the Wolfenstein hounds are a direct nod to the Fahrenheit hounds.

  20. I'm only here because Jim supposed to be reading this for summer reading but instead I'm reading harry potter instead๐Ÿ˜‚

  21. I thought I didnโ€™t understand the book but now I realized that I was understanding it perfectly the whole time, thanks for the help! Now I have to write a three page epilogue.๐Ÿ™„

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  23. This video was well done! It cleared up some confusion I had ๐Ÿ˜… (tbh this book wasnโ€™t as good as I expected but this video describes the book in a way that sounds amazing)

  24. Tomorrow weโ€™re going to have a test about this book and I havenโ€™t read it yet so thank youuu ๐Ÿ˜…
    btw I actually like it

  25. Omg you are the biggest life saver known to man. I'm reading this book for school and when I'm reading it, it doesn't make any sense with the way they form the sentences. I didn't understand the book so THANK YOU

  26. I read the book for my English class. My teacher read to us a bit then told us to take out copies home and read the rest of part 1. I did and by the end of part 1 I was hooked. I wanted to continue reading but chose not to. Than the next day the teacher decided to put on an audiobook rather than her read it herself. We listened to the audio book and then after a bit she told us to finish part 2 on our own. This time however was different because part 2 got me hooked into the story. By the end of it I couldn't stop myself and by the time I got to school the next day I had already read 3/4 into part 3 much to my teachers delight. I finished the book later and was like "That book was really cool". It might just be my love for dystopian novels but honestly this book was one of the best I've ever read

  27. I always read my summer reading books, but then forget everything because I have english class the second semester. And I hate rereading lol so I just watch these videos.

  28. I love these videos so much, I also saw your number the starts one, i read that book in 5th grade and it was nice to hear it again. Ok so I almost got caught with plagiarism on this but I actually checked a million times with grammarly and it told me what i wrote wasn't plagiarized so i swear if i get caught cheating im suing grammarly lol

  29. I think it was hinting at what was planned to happen through the the transhumanism, beast microchipping system. That the few seek to control the many by the dumbing down of society and addiction to digital technology.

  30. I read this for school at the beginning of summer and Iโ€™m watching it now before the first day of school as a refresher๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  31. Wow. Spirit led me to this most clarifying video. ๐Ÿ™ I intend to make effort to get it out to the other hypnotised addicted people as food for thought. Thankyou. Btw, I have a speaking time temp bubble that I always mimic bc of the way he says "farenheit". Isn't it ironic. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿค—

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