Fahrenheit 451, though a relatively short book, is certainly a long read. The wording can be confusing at times, and the author mentions many things that only pertain to the world his novel takes place, with no background information as to what he’s talking about, leaving the reader perplexed. That is the main issue with the novel: the lack of clarification and background on the world he has created.
Every single character, though unbelievably quirky, are somewhat relatable and realistic characters. However, the fact that they are not completely like humans today does help the plot, further exaggerating the difference between the future dystopian society from ours today. The main character, Guy Montag, is a firefighter, though he is not the sort of firefighter one would think of today. Instead of putting out fires, he makes them. As it seems, whenever someone is found out to be hiding away books, which are not allowed in the society as they have been deemed “useless”, he and his team of firefighters must go to the house in which the books are being held and burn the books, along with the house. All is going well, until one day. Guy and his team reach this house in which an old lady has an entire library of books, and she refuses to leave them. Despite their pleads for her to exit the house, she refuses, demanding to stay in the house. Curious as to why on earth she’d rather die than leave her books, Guy takes one home with him, along with the guilt of burning that old woman alive.
When he arrives home, the reader gets to know his wife and house better. His wife is so very odd, and a rude woman as well. She spends all of his money, and is a very unlikable character, the opposite from Clarisse McClellan: an unfortunate girl who Guy had taken a liking to in the beginning of the novel. Clarisse died as she was supposedly hit by a truck, however it became known that the government had been watching her due to her odd sense of mentality. But the oddest and most confusing part of the novel would most likely be the house. From the screaming “relatives” in the parlour, to the fourth wall that his wife, Mildred, simply must have.
There’s an eery mood to this book, as so many things are left unknown and confusing, even to the main character himself. He has no memory of how he met his wife, and he can’t help but feel as if the history of the world that he had been taught is not quite correct. Though the book can get frustrating at times with such little information, it does keep the reader on the edge of their seat, desperate for more.