Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451
The book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, takes place in an unnamed futuristic city sometime in the twenty-fourth century. The environment is unimaginably modern, for technological evolution has changed society into a fantasy land. Doors are programmed to announce visitors before they even arrive. Books are illegal, as is any true thought. Mankind has become lazy and ignorant because of the extreme advances in technology. In actuality, the people no longer know how to perform simple, every-day chores that we do, because a machine has been invented to do anything and everything mankind needs.

Although the city seems completely disconnected from our society, there are some familiar things, like neighborhoods, cars, and trees. However there are also many fictional creations, like the Mechanical Hound, a robot designed to search for and kill those who infringe on the law once it has been programmed with their scent. Houses are so well made that there are never fires so firemen start fires rather than extinguish them. Houses also have built-in alarms that ring when someone has a book in his or her possession, alerting the firemen to go there and begin the burning, for books are absolutely against the law and are immediately burned when found. There are so many suicide attempts that doctors are always on hand to pump stomachs or tend to self-inflicted wounds. Even within the confines of this odd society, it is comforting to find that certain things like making your bed and eating breakfast still exist. The main character in this story, Guy Montag, is a fireman. He obeyed the laws, as most of the people did, for all of his life until now. He met an odd young girl, Clarisse McClellan who strangely enjoyed simple things from nature such as flowers and birds. Because everyone in this society listens to everything their government tells them and the people rarely have any spontaneous thought, this girl causes Montag to see life slightly...
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