Fahrenheit 451 was among the classics I had on my list to read and I have been slowly making my way through that list. Ray Bradbury’s writing is extraordinary the pacing, the details, and the ethos (tone) of his dialogue was grounded in reality. His characters were defined, flawed and honest. The back and forth dialogue between Guy and Clarisse was intelligent.
I was transported to Guy Montag’s world that beautiful ugly dark place. Beautiful for all the advancements in technology but ugly and dark-the price one pays to live there. The cost the ability to be your own person to have censor your thoughts. Obedience and the status quo, never asking too many questions. The reason for the world is rebuilt in this dystopia is crazy, and what’s scary is how plausible writer Bradbury’s forecast of this as a possible future. Of which this account is one of many we dare not hope for but worry may come true is.
The message I come away from Fahrenheit 451 with knowledge is power, this is a lesson I have been taught by every teacher I’ve ever had. Censorship and lack of critical thinking can be disastrous. The back bone of this idea that goes hand in hand with knowledge is the not having free choice. These are the themes expressed through out the. I loved that this book made me think. Think about the times I live in now the freedoms we take for granted what if it were taken away etc… I gave Fahrenheit 451 a 4/5 it was a great book but wished there was more I couldn’t help feeling at the end I wanted more of the story.
- Title: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Published: 1991
- Publisher: Ballentine Books
- Genre: Dystopian
- Rating: 4/5
- Source: Local Library
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 159
- Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires …
The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.
Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames … never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.
Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think … and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.
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