Fire Does More Than Burn

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Fire Does More Than Burn

Raymond Douglas "Ray" Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Bradbury was a favorited 20th- and 21st-century American genre writer, most famously known for his novel Fahrenheit 451. Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag. At first Montag loves his job as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. However, Montag soon begins to question the value of his profession and. Throughout the novel Montag struggles with his existence, eventually running from his oppressive, censored society and joining an underground network of intellectuals. With his new friends, Montag witnesses the destruction of his city and dedicates himself to rebuilding a literate and cultural society. One of the important ideas in Fahrenheit 451, is the idea of catering to special interests, trying to please everyone all the times. In order to eliminate the risk of offending anyone or presenting ideas that may be contrary, a very controlling society comes into play.

Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Esther Bradbury, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, a power and telephone lineman of English descent. Bradbury was a reader and writer throughout his youth. He knew as a young boy that he was "going into one of the arts." At the age of eleven he began writing his own stories, the Great Depression going on at the time. In his youth, he
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