In Fahrenheit 451, Tim Robbins narrates Ray Bradbury’s critically acclaimed novel set in a bleak, dystopian future, setting it apart from other 20th-century novels.
Guy Montag is a fireman. As a result of television’s dominance and extinction of literature, firemen tend to start fires rather than put them out. He is responsible for destroying the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, as well as the houses where they are hidden. As Montag returns each morning to his bland life and Mildred, who loves television, he never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce. He then meets an eccentric young neighbor named Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and a present where people read to see the world instead of watching mindless talk shows. Following Mildred’s suicide attempt and Clarisse’s disappearance, Montag begins to question everything. As a result of his pilfering, the fireman has to flee his home when his activities are discovered.