Week 1 : Fahrenheit 451


Reflecting on the modes of communication (poetic, persuasive and pragmatic) that was discussed in class this past week has opened my understanding on the use of these approaches while designing for an audience and the effect each can have to different sections of audience.

Analyzing movies and movie posters are an area that I am not very familar with, in fact I am a little worried if my ignorance can have an impact on how well I am able to communicate the message of the story using the 3 modes. To find some movies that I am interested to work with, I spent couple of hours racking my brain for movies i have already watched, and the majority of the movies I htought of were released after 2007. I also watched classic movie book reviews online, that introduced me to this amazing movie developed from the book, Fahrenheit 451. Originally written by Ray Bradbury, the movie is directed by Francois Truffaut and follows a very original storyline.

working on ideas and questions to be noted while outlining the plot of the movie Fahrenheit 451 





The 1966 movie posters

Movie Blurb:

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The book’s tagline explains the title: “Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns…” The lead character is a fireman named Montag who becomes disillusioned with the role of censoring works and destroying knowledge, eventually quitting his job and joining a resistance group who memorize and share the world’s greatest literary and cultural works.

  1. Beginning – Montag is the lead fireman at the 451 fire station. They go to different houses and burn books, as books is forbidden by law.
  2. Middle – After talking to Clarisse a few times, she convinces/inspires him to read books. He slowly starts to find books and read them. He enjoys them and burning books in houses start to hurt him, and he slowly betrays his team and steals books among the books that are meant to be burnt from each house. On his last day of work, the fire people come to his house after his wife betrays him and informs the firemen about the books at his house.
  3. End – He kills the head of the department after they find the books at his house and he runs away from town to escape town. He lives in the outskirts with the book people where each person memorizes a book and becomes the book. He takes a book with him and the story end s with him joining the group to learn and memorize books before they are completely lost.
  1. Transformation – One of the higher members of the firemen, Montag, after 5-6 years of work, changes his view about books and begins to read and joins a group of people that are dedicated to memorizing books, based on the influence of one school teacher, who is his neighbour.
  2. Censorship – In the movie, knowledge and books are banned from the town and it touches on the topics of censorship and control of the government in what we can see and not see, what we can read and not read.
  3. Knowledge vs. Ignorance – As knowledge is pulled away from the people, by calling it ‘useless’ and nonsense, ignorance spreads everywhere in town, and people spend their time in front of TVs, gossiping, wasting their time. Knowledge is rare and the ones who store books, have to hide it cleverly, to be able to retain the books.
Visual Style

The movie is made in technicolor.





I used the scene on the right from the movie to develop a sketch of a possible persuasive poster. 


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