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.
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
- The importance of remembering and understanding
- Machines as helpers to humans vs. machines as hindrances or
Free copies of the discussion guide are now available at
all libraries in Kalamazoo Country. The final discussion leader
will be held March 8.