Analysis of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451, which was written by Ray Bradbury, is a dystopian novel that explores the consequences of superficiality and knowledge. This story attracted me because I am interested in learning how society would be different if seeking out awareness was publishable. A positive aspect of this book is that it proposes a scenario in which everyone is in the mindset of every man for himself, therefore envisioning a cruel and dystopian world. According to Bradbury, his book is a warning. It is a reminder that what we have is valuable sometimes we take that value for granted. (Bradbury, Page xi) Something which I found negative about Fahrenheit 451 was that at times I found the story too fast paced and hard to follow. The author who wrote the book still presents an insightful scenario.

The main character, who is a man, can be seen as both the protagonist and antagonist. Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him (Bradbury, Page 113), demonstrates the protagonist side of Montag by showing that he was tired of punishing people for reading, so he killed his boss by burning him. Montag wanted to comprehend books even though it was against his job It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, things blackened and changed (Bradbury, Page 1) shows the satisfaction Montag receives from going to people’s homes and burning them down for reading books. Although Montag didn’t understand why, he would burn people’s books.

Writing gives us a warning about our future. Especially when the subject is a dystopian world with many correlations to our own. The story focuses on Guy Montag, Faber, Mildred, Clarisse, and Beatty living in a futuristic United States. The rising action occurs when Montag snatches a Bible and looks to Faber, an old English professor, for help in understanding books. The climax happens when Montag kills his boss and escapes into the forest in search of book lovers after a firefighter chase down. Scared for their lives, Montag and his group want to head back to their town.

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