Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Release Date: March 28, 1953
Page Number: 227
Source: School book
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
4 out of 5 stars
Montag is a fireman along with many others from his small town. These firefighters are different from what we know today, they start fires instead of stop them. Why do these firemen start fires and burn down homes? Book live in hidden places: behind fridges, in air conditioning ducts, anywhere hidden. Guy Montag meets a young girl, Clarisse McClellan, while walking one day and she reminds him that books aren’t a bad thing. He steals a book at the next burning he goes to. Guy comes home to his wife and her friends sitting in the living room watching the multiple-screened TV. He reads the group of them something from a book he stole, then mysteriously gets busted for having books the next day. He is assigned to another burning and ends up running away and escaping. He follows a river until he comes across a group of former scholars and professors. They discuss some common ideas, then they take Guy in. This is a very short book, and I’m surprised at how much I liked it. I read this for my Novel class and I realized about two sentences into the introduction that the writing style is absolutely gorgeous. I love poetry-esque books and this has made me realize that I take books for granted. What if there were no books left, and those who read them got arrested? This has made me realize that great, classic works of fiction will always be great.
Guy Montag is the main character in this story and he showed so much development throughout this story. His wife, Mildred Montag, is very… interesting. She has a TV room, but is only every focused on that TV. She calls the characters of her favorite TV show her family. She’s just odd. Ray Bradbury made it very clear that the purpose for this book was that people mindlessly watch TV for hours or days without even realizing they’re watching something. There are so many amazing things that people can do and learn and we all just sit and watch mindless television. I also thought that it was weird when they were talking about kids. The only reason they reproduce is to continue the population and keep the species from going extinct. They don’t love their kids, they just have them.
Who Would I Be?:
I would most definitely choose to be Clarisse. She has imagination and pizzazz and doesn’t follow the rules. A lot of people lost their curiosity because it was deemed unacceptable, but she never lost hers. I think that that was a really beautiful addition to the story. I really loved that about her. I also don’t really hate the idea of being the odd-ball girl who is supposedly a little mentally unstable.