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Challenges In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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In school, students tend to complain about having to read and write essays. Well imagine a world in which all of that were true. In the 1951 novel Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury, the main protagonist, whose name is Guy Montag, is a ‘firemen’. His job is to burn down buildings and homes that have books or other scriptures on their property, as literature is illegal to own and must be burned. He meets a young teenager by the name of Clarisse McClellan who slowly changes his perspective on books before her unfortunate death. Throughout the rest of the novel, Montag faces challenges in society because of his newfound interest in reading. While reading this novel, readers can learn that an epidemic of ignorance can be cured on person at a time. To begin, some people are immune to the epidemic of ignorance. One woman was immune to the ignorance, and had owned many books. One evening, firemen show up at the unnamed woman’s home to burn her house down because of the books in her house. After having drenched the house in kerosene, the woman won’t leave the house. One firemen gives her a count down and got to six, but by then she tells the firemen to stop counting. It was at that moment “she opened the fingers of one hand slightly and in the palm of the hand was a single slender object. An ordinary kitchen match” (36). This woman found the cure to the general ignorance of society. Early on in this novel, this woman realized books are bliss, and are meant to be
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