Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Book Review: Fahrenheit 451

        Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury's one of the more awesome dystopian novels written in the previous century. This one has a few interesting topics surrounding the story, and of course, the most notable thing in this novel is the book burning, but there are a few other things.

      But well, let's begin with the context. The novel takes place in some American city at some point in the future. Houses are fireproof and for that reason firemen don't put out fires but start them. Somehow society has gotten so simplified to this point that firemen put themselves upon the task of burning books and it counts as entertainment.

      There's also the resistance to conformity. The main character, Guy Montag, meets a girl who, after a few hours of chatting, changes his life forever, for he realizes that nothing is questioned and nothing with actual depth is spoken about and he begins wondering about the world. 

      Another problem is the fact that people want simple lives with no suffering and sadness. This is something that I see in real life a lot, too. People try to run away from their problems or simply ignore them and then a certain point is reached in which all that tension under the surface has to be released, and this is something that the book portrays beautifully.

Sometimes you just have to read poetry.

       There's also the hint of political correctness. A certain book doesn't appeal to a certain group? Burn it. For example, white people didn't like Uncle Tom's Cabin, so it was burned. This comes to show that even though something's neat and all, somebody can simply say he was insulted and he'll be more supported than the one who created the material (Of course, there are limits). 

       So, if you're in the mood of questioning society for a bit and being a nonconformist of sorts, go ahead and read the book (it's pretty light, with some decent speed you can finish it in three or four hours), and once it's over, you can go over with your friends and rant about the danger of censorship and technology and simplicity. Go ahead and read Brave New World while you're at it and complement your bases for argument.