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Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury Year Published: 1953

Neve Johnson, a senior from Sutton, read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This book presents a future American society where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction. Firemen start fires rather than put them out. Books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.

 “I enjoyed reading Fahrenheit 451 because it was so easy to get lost in the pages. It is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will immediately suck you in, the language is immaculate and enamoring. My favorite character was Clarisse McClellan, because although the whole world accepted the things set in front of them, she looked forward to something more. The people in their world were mostly like Guy Montag’s wife, Mildred, sitting around listening to the Family in the four walls all day, or like the rowdy teenagers speeding along the road in the fun parks. However, Clarisse sought to spend time outside and observe the world around her. I feel like the part of her that drew Montag in was how accepting she was, when people like Mildred would drown him out with the seashell ear-thimbles, Clarisse would sit and listen to Montag and ask him questions about his life, no matter how strange they were. I enjoyed Clarisse the most because she was the most human and child-like, life was simple in her eyes and she changed the entire directory of Montag’s monotonous life that he had learned to settle for.”

“I find to be a layered and complex book, with many takeaways that can be looked into. Mainly, it glazes over the damage done by a corrupt society where people aren’t allowed knowledge unless it’s given to them through the controlled media. To put it simply, it shows the negative effects of censorship and how it can be allowed to lord over people when they become ignorant and readily accept what they’re given. Personally, I like to think the central message as one of connection. In Montag’s journey, he was controlled by societal figures, such as Officer Beatty, and an unhappy marriage severed by technology. For many years, that is the life he dealt with because he thought that it was all there was for him. However, the people he ends up interacting with (such as Clarisse McClellan) let him know that this is not the case; human interaction is not only vital to a fulfilling existence, but the echoes of their influence have the power to change your entire life.”

"I would recommend this book to friends and family. In fact, a dear friend of mine recommended this book to me. It is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will immediately suck you in, the language is immaculate and enamoring. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to be transported to a foreign dystopian future and recognize the importance of what it is to be truly connected in humanity."