I can’t imagine a world where reading or owning books is illegal.
But that’s what Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 is about. It terrifies me, thinking of a world where everyone is too busy with their programs and thinking that books are too dangerous to keep. I’m worried we’re headed in that direction.
Fahrenheit 451 is about a fireman named Guy Montag who is different from others. His job is to burn books, but he holds into some of them. It’s illegal, but he does it anyway. He meets a girl named Clarisse who opens his eyes to the world, and he starts to do something about it.
But he gets himself caught. He shows off his books to people who don’t understand, and eventually has to use a flame thrower to destroy his own house. After that he kills his commander and goes on the run. He meets like minded people and the book ends.
I don’t want to give it away, but I think this is a book everyone should read, especially in a time full of e-readers, where books are becoming less and less prominent in their physical forms. I read it in 10th grade, the day it was assigned. I’m astounded by this book, and so happy to have read and reread it. It’s an easy but very important read.
If you have read it, how does it make you feel? For a dystopian novel, doesn’t it seem a bit accurate to how our world is becoming?
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