Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: A World Without Books

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“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches” (Wikiquote, “Ray Bradbury”). Author Ray Bradbury made this observation in 1979 and his thought has only become more true as time has gone on. Bradbury warns of the possibility of this happening in his novel, Fahrenheit 451. The message of Fahrenheit 451 is more important than ever because today’s book editors, movie critics, and plays have intentionally and unintentionally removed Bradbury’s original intent of the novel. This hasn’t only happened to Fahrenheit 451, but many other books have been dumbed down to meet the standards of today’s unsophisticated readers. When Fahrenheit 451 came out in 1953, Bradbury had created a new…show more content…
Today’s regular viewers and critics tend to look past all of the great things Truffaut did with what he had and instead choose to heavily criticize it for it’s shortcomings. ...a gimmicky approach to the emptiness of life without books cannot convey what books mean or what they’re for: homage to literature and wisdom cannot be paid through a trick shortcut to profundity; the skimpy science-fiction script cannot create characters or observation that would make us understand imaginatively what book deprivation might be like. (8) Continuing the trend of loyalty to Bradbury’s original work, fans who saw the plays of Fahrenheit 451 found much enjoyment and satisfaction in their likeness to the novel. Bradbury himself actually wrote the play and was influenced by Truffaut’s work in the movie. Although the play was released in the United States, it was much more well received in the United Kingdom (8). The crowd was very receptive of the changes Bradbury made to the story and the characters in it. “Fire chief Beatty is a much enhanced character on the stage. Presented initially as Guy Montag's nemesis, but ultimately being a key to

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