Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury first in 1950 and titled The Fireman, a shorter version of the novel we know today, published in 1953. It is a dystopian, science fiction novel focused around a future world that has banned reading and burns books. War is nonchalant and expected, government propaganda is being spouted through their ears, and no one is slowing down enough to live their life. Firemen are made to start fires at the houses of those people that have been reported as book owners and readers, reported by their neighbours, friends, or family. With a message of censorship, TV overtaking people’s lives, and asking critical questions, Fahrenheit 451 has been applied to many generations as the influence of media grows. Part one begins with Guy Montag, a fireman from Department 451, a proud man with a large smile always on his face. He took pleasure in burning books, seeing their pages blacken and light the next page, and the page after that. As Montag walked home from the station, he meets a young girl named Clarisse McClellan, his new neighbour. Clarisse immediately starts asking questions, how long had he been a fireman, did he read the books, did firemen really use to put out fires? Questions are not typically asked in this society, but Clarisse continued to ask questions and make comments about how the world is too fast paced and no one stops to really pay attention to what’s around them. This is the beginning of Montag learning to think for himself and

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