Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451

“What power I feel at the thought of fire!” quoted Joseph Kallinger. This could not be proved truer in Fahrenheit 451, a novel by Ray Bradbury, for Guy Montag, a firefighter. His job is to start fires and burn books as ordered by the government that dominates the society. Although Montag begins to resist, Mildred, his wife, is the most willing to follow orders. His innocent neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, totally objectifies against the government. Bradbury uses Mildred’s and Clarisse’s different personality, entertainment, and relationship with Montag to criticize the modern society.

To begin with, Mildred and Clarisse have opposite characters. After reviving from drugging herself unconscious Mildred says, “What? Did we have a wild party or something? Feel like I’ve a hangover.”(Pg 19) This shows that Mildred is careless and irresponsible for her actions. Her carelessness is the cause of dismay in the society. As Montag tries to reassure Mildred of her actions she retaliates, “You don’t look so hot yourself.”(Pg 19) Mildred seems to feel insecure and unopen about herself so she disapproves of Montag as to make things even. Bradbury uses this judgmental trait of hers to portray the one of the society. When Clarisse is introducing herself to Montag she says, “ I’m seventeen and crazy. My uncle says the two always go together.”(Pg 7) Clearly, she plays an optimistic teenage role but it is seen as “anti-social” in society. These two highly contrast from one another.

Moving on, Clarisse and Mildred have distinct and obvious choices of entertainment. Clarisse explains to Montag that she “rarely watches the ‘the parlor walls’ or races or Fun parks” like the other kids and adults. (Pg9) She sets herself apart from the kids her own age. Bradbury uses this to reveal how the modern society has outcasts. As she walks with Montag and picks up a flower she says, “I guess it’s the last of the dandelions this year.” Obviously, Clarisse spends more of...
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