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In  Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury writes with imagination and depth of a society that becomes complacent and forgets to honor the freedom and wisdom that books and other similar mediums convey.  Through his portrayal of the struggles of protagonist, Guy Montag, to maintain old privileges in a dystopian society where books are completely banned to citizens, Bradbury makes his convincing and memorable argument. He evokes analysis about the way things are and the way they could be, and he invites the reader to join his view of the world through striking and memorable perspectives. He also reminds the reader the of valuable and beautiful parts of contemporary culture that people often take for granted. In pondering the author’s story and messages, the reader considers what it is about a book that is worth preserving.

The author uses a creative and inciteful approach to storytelling to convey ageless messages that people often perceive but take for granted. Bradbury introduces the reader to an industrialized futuristic city where citizens have no free thought, speech or, action; and, he makes the reader think about the significance of these changes through the lens of Guy Montag’s experiences.  Montag goes through a process similar to the reader as his ideas transform, and he resists the laws in his society. As Montag contemplates the meaning  found within the texts and the societal implications of banned books, the reader recognizes that the ideas conveyed by both author and protagonist are relevant in the real world too. Montag’s perspective opens the eyes and mind of the readers to the possibilities and rewards of ideas. With the help of Montag, the reader sees and thinks about things that are known but often forgotten- knowledge and books are truly special.

In depicting  the inquisitive and determined characters of Montag and his fellow conspirators, Bradbury shows the reader why people want and need access to shared insight. Early in the text, Montag’s superior, Beatty, argues that destroying books to keep people in the dark should be a guilt free task for firemen, because books are only things. (36-37) But, the story unfolds to reveal that Montag is not the only person willing to give up everything to save these objects or what they represent. The author describes former scholars who keep significant works of literature alive in their memories, and they destroy the argument that books are mere things. The reader is inspired to learn that it is the words, ideas, years of wisdom passed down from one person to another that are significant. The reader sees and feels how powerful, these invaluable, intangible concepts are when they are taken away from the people in the novel. The characters represent a greater human thirst for knowledge and beauty,which resonates with the reader.

This story reminds the reader to stop and reflect about why we are drawn to characters, places, and themes in literature, especially when they are about reading, writing, and learning. This text is great because it makes the reader really ponder how it’s content relates and applies to his or her life. Reading a thoughtful book about books is intriguing and exciting at once. After reading a text like Fahrenheit 451, the reader pauses to reflect on gifts of the intellectual experiences he or she is given and understand how special they are.

Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5