Where do you see the rising action, climax and the falling action in "Fahrenheit 451"?

Expert Answers
ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The rising action begins at the opening of the story when Montag begins to question the validity of his job of burning books. The first major event in the plot is his meeting with Clarisse McClellan who asks if Montag is happy. The rising action continues as Montag watches an old woman burn herself up with her books. He begins to read some of the books he has supposed to have burned and thus begins his intellectual awakening. The climax of the novel occurs when Montag decides to escape his society and head for the countryside. Montag is chased by the mechanical hound and eventually jumps into the river to throw off the scent of the hound. After that, Montag is safe and the falling action begins when he runs into the "book covers', people who have memorized books to pass on their contents to future generations. As a last bit of falling action, Montag hears his society being destroyed in a huge atomic blast and knows he does not have long to wait in order to join the "book covers" in building a new society.

Read the study guide:
Fahrenheit 451

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question