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Is this summary on Fahrenheit 451 accurate and well written?

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Posted February 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM via web

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Is this summary on Fahrenheit 451 accurate and well written?

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user4496160 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM (Answer #1)

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I have to write a brief summary on "Fahrenheit 451," that's no more than 5-7 sentences long. I would really appreciate it if you'd check what I have written for any errors including run-ons, punctuation, grammar, etc. :-) Thanks a lot! 

Here's what I have so far:

"Guy Montag starts out as a politically correct fireman who loves doing his job, which is burning books. He’s married and lives a normal lifestyle in a society where reading is illegal, and being intellectual is frowned upon. On his way home from work one day, he meets a curious young lady named Clarisse, who confesses that she loves reading and nature. Clarisse gave Montag a newfound desire to change society’s way of thinking for the better, and eventually the curiosity spreads to Montag and he begins to steal books. His wife and boss eventually find out what he’s doing, so firemen raid his home, finding and burning down all the books. Knowing something like this would happen, Montag flees for his life. In the end, Montag is rescued by a community of people, each of whom introduces themself as the title of a book they’ve memorized." 


Is this summary accurate? Am I missing something? Thanks again!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM (Answer #3)

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Content-wise, your paragraph is pretty accurate.  There is only one grammar error.  You should change "gave" to "gives" so it says "Clarisse gives Montag a newfound desire...."  This is because the rest of your paragraph is in the present tense, but "gave" is in the past tense.  I would also add something a little more specific about the ending.  You can do this while sticking to seven sentences.  You might add, for example, that the people who save him are "book covers," seeking to pass on the books to the next generation.  You can refer to these links for help on writing your summary.  Good job!

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