Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Reading has an incredible power to change one 's life. Whether it be Shakespeare, Dickens, or even John Green, their stories have lessons that resonate with us for a long time. If people do not read, their eyes are not opened to several important social issues. Reading works of fiction, such as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, convey to a reader how social issues, such as conformity, censorship, and self-identity, affect society as a whole. Consuming non-fiction works, such as articles or documentaries, is just not the same as enveloping oneself in a literary work. Fiction undoubtedly needs to be included in the high school English curriculum because it opens our minds to important issues, prevents us from becoming too technology dependent, and make us better members of society overall. To begin with, the novel Fahrenheit 451 contains many lessons that teach one who reads it about various social issues. In the novel, the main character, Guy Montag, lives in a world where books are banned and burned, if found. The stigma surrounding books persists because of the belief that they create a society where some people know more than others. The book’s society believes that this will create a social hierarchy based on knowledge. Montag traverses through his society questioning his happiness and why the elusive printed book is so controversial. The author conveys to us through Montag how closed-minded and technology dependent we would be if reading is not promoted. Montag comes to

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