How I have made it this long in my life without reading this book… I don’t know!! I feel like almost everyone read it in high school. I did not. So I the fact that it was required reading for most high school English classes made it seem really unaccessible to me. Almost as if I’d have to study themes, and what not to understand it. But this was not the case.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 was first published 1953, and in interviews he claims to have written it at a time in which that he frustrated with the censorship, banning of books, and an illiterate society . He choose his best avenue to voice his opinion, although it was not received well by everyone!! For a book about censorship and the implications it would host… this book has been censored and banned numerous times over the years. Kind of ironic! It is a short book of 165 pages, and in the dystopian sci-fi genre.
“It was a pleasure to burn.”
Here’s a quick synopsis… if you haven’t read it yet. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumedly flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” someone said.
Words are power. Books have the ability to help you forge a new opinion, change your mind, or influence an opinion that you may already have quelling inside of you. Isn’t this the reason that a book can evoke such strong emotions in a reader? It can figuratively light a fire inside of you. Whether it’s positive or negative, it holds that power. This book is exactly what this is about. Over the history of literature, people have used words to influence people… this is seen in the Bible, classic literature, and modern literature. The big theme that spoke most to me throughout this book is freedom of thoughts, and speech.
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?
Did you know where the title comes from??? Fahrenheit 451 is actually the temperature that is required to burn books. Just further confirming that Bradbury is a pretty badass, rise up and speak for what you believe in writer.
Until next time, happy reading!