Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451: Contrasts Between the Novel and Movie 11th Grade

In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, protagonist Guy Montag questions the rules and teachings of the society in which he lives. Throughout the story, his view of life and books changes. There are numerous differences between the novel Fahrenheit 451 and the movie of the same name, including changes in characters, depiction of details, and plot structure.

The characters in the movie versus the book play an important role in the difference between the two. In the novel, Faber is a character who helps Montag understand books and helps him execute a plan to continue to safety. The character of Faber was not included in the movie. By leaving Faber out of the movie, the screenwriters miss a vital part of the plot. Instead of being confused by the books and needing interpretations, Montag plays the protagonist role solely and independently. The movie directors may have left Faber out of the movie in an effort to make Montag appear as a hero on his own, or they may have simply left Faber out of the movie as a way to cut it shorter. Another character missing from the movie that was in the book is the Mechanical Hound. The Mechanical Hound plays an important role, as the Hound was the threat to Montag and the one who captured “Montag”...

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