Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury(78 ratings)
|Submitted by Emmet Scanlan |
The protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman of the future whose job it is to start fires instead of put them out. Burning Books is his job. The government’s ideology is that books make people think, and people who think, think differently to each other. Arguments start, and in the end governments and institutions fall and change hands. So the books are burnt and the people kept in the dark letting the government think for them. Montag burns. That is all he knows. His father burnt before him and his father before that. Montag’s morals and ethics are challenged when he meets young girl Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is radical by the day’s standards. Taking walks in the rain and even daring to look at the stars. She was kicked out of school for being different. Not listening to the government’s propaganda, the media. Montag starts thinking about his work, what is in the books that the government doesn’t want them to see? This question burns at Montag like the fire he uses to burn the books.This book is an example of a dystopia, social anarchy covered up by a corrupt government. The world is in chaos but only few people know it. Montag’s journey like Clarisse’s life is a lament of the past and a warning about the future. Thing’s change if you can be sure of one thing it is that.Fahrenheit 451 is written very hectically. With only three parts to the book and no chapters the words fly past you at an incredible speed and comprehending everything you read is a near impossible task. It is written with great care and precision daring you to think beyond what you normally would. Ray Bradbury showed a great understanding of what the future could be like considering it was first published in the mid fifties.however brilliant, exciting and thought provoking this book is it is also understandably not a book for everyone. It will appeal to mature readers, People with a good understanding of language. lets hope that the this book does not turn into a reality in the future. A truly remarkable read.
|Submitted by Anonymous |
My advanced English teacher told us at the beginning of the year that we would have to write a critical analysis on a book that was considered to be of literary merit every quarter. When she gave us the list of acceptable books, I was disappointed to find out that none of my favorite books were on the list. I chose Fahrenheit 451 at random and started reading it. As I read the book, I fell in love with its unique style. Bradbury's use of figurative language created vivid images of this society in my mind. His book showed me that not all books that have literary merit are boring. It inspired me to read and enjoy other books on the list.
|Submitted by Mike Montgomery |
One morning during my free period at college I was sat in the library and noticed they had three copies of Farenheit 451. I'd heard that it was hailed as a great dystopia (some even ranked it alongside Brave New World and 1984) and so decided to begin reading. The thing which immediately struck me was that it wasn't a hard piece of literature and very enjoyable, even peaceful, to read. By 10 pm that night I had finished it all.