Fahrenheit 451 Review

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Book by: Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a gripping story about a firefighter named Guy Montag who begins to question following after the mindless zombie-like lifestyle instigated in his times after meeting a clever young girl named Clarisse McClellan. I know what you’re thinking, what could be controversial in the life of a firefighter? Well in this novel based in the near future, instead of putting out fires, firemen burn books and arrest the people in possession of them. Imagine that, a world so revolved around technology that you are stripped of your free will through print.

That is exactly the world that Bradbury does an amazing job of depicting in Fahrenheit 451. To call it a brilliant work would be a colossal understatement, for it plays with the human mind and forces the reader to start questioning the every day images that are put in front of them. Having been written in the 1950s, Bradbury also does an amazing job at expecting what the world would have been like today, putting things in his book like wall sized television screens that could be communicated through.

In the novel, some very interesting predictions of life and perspectives in the future are brought up by Bradbury, and they are surprisingly accurate. Such as the reasons that books are banned being partly because they make people anti-social and unhappy. In modern times this same argument is used against the internet, social networking, or just lots of advanced technology period. So extra points go to Ray for being the masterful seer that he is.

Fahrenheit 451 has been fondly remembered to this day and will be remembered for much longer still as one of the books that attempted to change the way humans think about how and why they do their every day activities.
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