Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

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Apr 20, 2021

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a book with many layers and lots of symbolism that somehow still manages to fall short. Guy Montag is a man who loves to burn. He relishes the feeling of mercilessly destroying fragile objects. This reflects his job, as he burns books for a living. He lives with his beautiful wife and has no problems with his life - that is, until a girl named Clarisse shows up. She teaches Guy her ways, exhibiting more curiosity and empathy than any person in their right mind would be in this dystopian society. Then it hits Montag, who up until now enjoyed his life: His entire life has been a lie, and the society he lives in is actually terrible. From then on, Montag has to cope with having different opinions under the shadow of an oppressive government, meeting more people and getting into new conflicts along the way.

Symbolism is very common in this book, with major themes being death and rebirth, unnecessary destruction, and the mindlessness of non-thinkers. These are symbolized by the phoenix, salamander, and practically every type of new technology seen in the book. The books in the novel are portrayed as being almost alive, their paper pages fluttering like a bird’s wings. In fact, there is so much symbolism that it takes multiple reading sessions to get it all. This is one of this book’s major issues. Does genius really matter if it takes multiple reads to comprehend it? Why bother adding so much unnecessary subtext, occasionally required for a full understanding of the plot, that will only typically be readable by students and academics? Additionally, while the first act is great, the second and third sections start to drag on. They lack the memorability, and while they technically form a coherent story, they just don’t stick with the reader or make much of an impact. Additionally, there seem to be some very prominent anti-technology commentary, which is very overdone and in this case not supported enough for me to consider it convincing. There are also some parts which may seem problematic in today’s society, including the comment on what would now be called “cancel culture” by some.

Despite the fact that this book has potential, it unfortunately does not live up to it. I give it a 3 out of 5.

Apr 17, 2021

Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 describes a futuristic society, inspired by the changes at the end of World War II. People are disconnected from each other and do not have awareness of the people around them, all thinking is inhibited, and there are daily suicide attempts. Books are burned to stop independent thoughts, and wars are extremely common. This riveting adventure and dystopian novel follows the journey of Montag, a fireman, who recognizes that something is wrong in his society. This book is an absolute must-read for everyone, whether a teenager or an adult. In today’s world of growing addiction to technology, the book is a warning to keep ourselves in check and become aware of how we are becoming similar to and how to make sure we do not reach that height of ignorance as the people in Fahrenheit 451. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone, especially people who are looking for books that are philosophical but also thrilling.

Apr 09, 2021

Guy Montag has been living a peaceful life as a firefighter. That is, until he meets Clarisse. She’s different; makes him see things differently, in a perspective he’s never seen before. What he thought, was not what everything else seemed to be. Books that were supposed to be bad, he found that they contained information and imagination he couldn’t even come up with. Going against the book ban, he goes on an adventure, seeking the truth.
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it. I’m a big dystopian reader, and when I heard about the book, I read it as soon as I got my hands on it. Ray Bradbury creates a world that is so creative, but in a way, realistic. The way he shows the character development is captivating, making you want to see what they’re going to do next.

Feb 27, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel set in a future predicted in the 1950s where reading many of the books in the world is illegal. Instead of putting out fires, firemen are now burning illegal books that are found in people's houses. The main character in this story, Montag, is a fireman, and lives his life normally, going through the same routine each day, until he meets Clarisse McClellan, who changes his perspective completely. The rest of the story goes on to follow him through his journey as he slowly starts to reject his society. I enjoyed reading this novel greatly, since it was full of suspense all throughout the book. Readers are engrossed in the book, wanting to find out what happens next. It is also fascinating how the author, Ray Bradbury, was able to correctly predict some of the things in the future. For example, he predicted the invention of earbuds, which he calls seashells in his book. He also predicted wide-screen TVs. Both of these things did not exist yet when he wrote this book, so it is astounding how he is able to predict these things. The characters in this book also have unique personalities, making it even more enjoyable to read. The only thing I did not like about this book was that it ended in a little bit of a cliffhanger, and readers are left wondering what happens next. Overall, this book is very enjoyable because of the characters and the storyline, and it is definitely worth it to read this book!

Feb 25, 2021

This dystopian novel about America sometime in the future, where books are illegal and “firemen” burn them whenever they are found. The story revolves around fireman Guy Montag who realizes his will to protect literature and knowledge. Faber, a former English professor agrees to work with him to achieve his goals. However, when his secret book collection is exposed to his wife and her friends, he has to burn down his house. He then finds himself running outside the city to avoid arrest until he meets a secret community who share the same goal as him: to preserve knowledge through books. Despite being written decades ago, this book still holds the ability to remind readers of the significance and power of knowledge. I loved the theme, characters, and words of this novel and this book is for you if you are ready for a thought-provoking and captivating novel, a timeless classic by Ray Bradbury.

Feb 14, 2021

Farenheit 451 is a fascinating look at an interpretation of the future from 1953. Some of the language is a little hard to get through if you're not used to reading older books like this, but the story is intriguing enough to keep reading.

Jan 15, 2021

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel set in a society where knowledge and books are illegal and fireman set fires to everything deemed illegal. The story follows the main character Guy Montag, a fireman who lives an average life until he discovers the beauty of knowledge and books and struggles to find his purpose in society. The book's reader demographic should be 13+.

Jan 08, 2021

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel that takes place in the future where everything is different from our present society. The protagonist, Montag, is a fireman who burns all the books in the society. In this book where television rules and books are outlawed, firemen are greatly respected and honored by the society. Throughout the book, he realizes and understands this world that leads him to break regulations. I like how the plot advances and the contrasting personalities given to each character. The story grip me and kept me turning the pages continuously. The best part of the book is the knowledge you learn within the novel because of the unique society where the story is presented and the message it conveys to the readers. I would suggest this book to young readers who are interested in dystopian novels. In brief, this is one of the greatest science fiction books I’ve ever read.

Dec 28, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is about a character named Guy Montag who is a firefighter
that burns books. He thinks that he is happy, but finds out that he actually dislikes
his life with the help of his new friend Clarisse McClellan. This book shows what
could happen if the government took control of all aspects of its citizen’s lives. I
liked how descriptive this novel was, and the abundant imagery that helped
visualize what was going on. I disliked how this book was a little confusing, and thus
would recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi novels and would like to spend
some extra time deciphering the language of the novel.

pacl_teens Dec 16, 2020

The premise of living in a world where books are banned seems too out of this world to create a realistic and complex novel out of, but Fahrenheit 451 creates a very complex story with plenty of depth that places you in a very dark future, one where books are banned and outright burned. The story centers around a fireman tasked with burning books. Though after an encounter with a teacher that rejects the current system, Montag (the fireman) begins to question and waver in his beliefs and the thirst for reading and the pursuit of knowledge renders him to be outcast and a refugee, on the run from the regime he once worked for. He must now make a choice; return to the ways of old and continue the crusade against books, to tear down the regime that he once worked collaborated with for so long?
This book places the reader in a terrible moral dilemma, and while in our position the answer may seem obvious, after beginning to read the book, the answer gets more and more convoluted as one continues. Countless twists and turns leave the reader wondering how the story will truly end what the fate of the protagonist will be.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for twists and turns and moral dilemmas that would leave even the greatest philosophers scratching their heads. -Nicholas, Grade 11

Oct 26, 2020

Time is a funny thing, and, more than anything, that’s what came to mind when I was reading this book. I was invested in the plot, of course, but even more interested by the timelines; it was written seventy years ago, about a future after now. It’s a future without cell phones, without text messages, without Google. Something fascinating is, though, that the author came up with a device somewhat like smartphones, way before their time: the little ear pieces still have breaking news, and Montag and his friend Faber can still communicate instantly. The book was good, though, to say it plainly. It was a fun thing to read. I liked the style and the concept and especially one character, Clarisse. I found Montag to be somewhat irritating at times, and questionable. Towards the end of the book, it felt a bit like the plot didn’t quite fit - like the “fireman” concept was first, and the plot was written second. I do have to give credit for the concept alone, though - credit for the somewhat genius world the author created. There are a few amusing plot twists throughout... I’d recommend it to anyone with a mind and free time. -@aCardboardBox of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLBreAnnaB Oct 06, 2020

This was an intriguing and thought-provoking read that would make for a great book discussion. The conversational, flowing writing style was different but I enjoyed it as I got used to it. I wanted to know more about the characters and the world but perhaps it was meant to be left to the reader's imagination.

emilyhart66 Oct 05, 2020

What book would you be? If books were banned and burnt and the only way to truly preserve them was for people to "become" books -- to memorize the books and then recite them to others and to pass them on -- what book would you be? If you were asked that question at 17 would the answer be different than if you were asked at 50? These were some of the thoughts I had when I read Bradbury's masterpiece many years ago. I am still asking those questions.

Sep 10, 2020

Yeah, it’s about burning books. But also about so much more...
Why do we always have enough to eat and everybody hates us?
Those who don't build must burn.
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?
You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be.

When the Germans invaded France in WWI, and again when Germany invaded both west and east in WWII, they believed and planned for very short military operations. WW1, they expected only a couple of months for France to embrace their new German leadership. (“The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman)
People really are that stupid.

Published in 1953. And here we are... as stupid as ever.

Aug 19, 2020

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, follows a man named Guy Montag. Montag is a fireman- people who are responsible for burning books that people in this society illegally own. In this society, people who have independent thoughts and enjoy nature and books are considered suspicious and are usually the outcasts of society. Montag meets one of these outcasts, named Clarisse, a seventeen year old girl. She talks to him about nature and books, which is strange for a citizen in this society. Through the conversations with Clarisse and some unsettling events, Montag starts to see the value of books and why many are ready to lay down their lives for them, and he starts to realize that his society’s values are wrong.

I liked this book. If you like science fiction and dystopian books, I would recommend this book to you. This book is a classic, so I would say that you should read it at least once.

Aug 05, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is an award-winning novel written by Ray Bradbury. Known as an American classic, this story takes place in a dystopia where the acquiring of knowledge is restricted so much so that there’s a branch if the government whose sole purpose is to hunt down any book owned by the people and burn them. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is an employee of this branch and is in charge of incinerating the books. The story focusses on his change from doing his job brainlessly to learning from these books and questioning society. Overall, this book was an interesting read as the story is fast-paced and thought-provoking. This story warns the reader about the dangers of giving up the right to be informed and educated. It encourages readers to think for themselves and not fall into the traps of societal conditioning.

Jul 23, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is based in a dystopian society where happiness is a priority. According to the government, the only way to receive happiness is to stay away from books. Books apparently cause unhappiness and lead to dangerous ideas. The government burns all books with the help of firemen, whose primary job is to burn books owned by people. Guy Montag is the protagonist who questions this law of burning books for happiness.
At first, the concept of not reading books can be a little shocking but the concept is very interesting because of two reasons: the story was written over 60 years ago and because there is a slight possibility that it might come true if people don’t read books. It seems dark at first but the strong themes such as freedom, censorship, and conformity of society are gorgeously described.

Jul 22, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 tells the tale of a dystopian society which burns books rather than read in order to control its society from dangerous notions. Guy Montag, a firefighter, undergoes a transformation from a firefighter who does not think twice about burning books to a firefighter who questions the inverted society that the story takes place in. Montag meets the catalyst to his change in Charisse, an abnormality of a citizen in the dystopian society. As the novel continues, Montag’s character goes through a series of challenges mentally as he questions what really is correct in society.
This story written by Ray Bradbury demonstrates the strength that an individual must have to break away from the restrictions placed upon them in the dystopian society. I loved reading this novel as it teaches the reader that no matter the situation, with enough strength, anything is possible. I loved all of the literary devices that Fahrenheit 451 is replete with because it allows the reader to learn so much more. I would definitely recommend this book to others as it is an amazing story that is beautifully written.
- Age Rating: 15+

Jul 20, 2020

The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian tale about a man named Montag living in a universe where reading is considered an illegal act. Throughout this plot, Montag faces difficult and transformative decisions that force him to live cautiously while disobeying the government’s orders. The chaos started when he encountered a young woman who he considered an outsider due to her unworldly knowledge and questions for Montag. This caused him to reevaluate his purposes for life and thus make a rash decision to break the leash connecting him to society. After reading a few books, Montag is then hunted down by brainwashed firefighters that were determined to extinguish his home and all the books he was hiding. As the young man fled to his safety, he reconsidered his experience at his hometown and discovered the fake news the media had posted about his disappearance. Montag accepted this outcome and thrived to live a new life with this transformation from a lazy citizen to a free and knowledgeable man.

This story that depicts the courage one must have in order to set themselves free from their burdens is enticing and very well-written. Personally, I believe that this book would be a great fit to students in the age range of 12-15 years. I thoroughly enjoyed how the encounter between an atypical woman and a man representing the ordinary person caused Montag to start using his brain as fuel for his own decisions. This reminds readers that there is much more to what we may see within our own surroundings,and that overcoming a difficult situation is very challenging but worth it. Bradbury’s masterpiece deserves a 5 star rating.

Jul 17, 2020

This dystopian fiction novel takes place in an oppressive society, where truth is often obscured. Ignorance among people flourishes, and is mainly demonstrated when firemen, who are supposed to put out fires, ironically set books on fire. Of these firemen include Guy Montag, the main character, who rarely wonders about his actions. When all hope is lost, the author introduces Clarisse McClellan, a unique character who has the strange ability to consider, question, and contemplate. When these two meet, Clarisse asks a seemingly simple question about Montag’s state of being. In doing so, Montag is shocked to find out he is unsatisfied with his life. This marks the beginning of Montag’s emotional and intellectual transformation.
This book, written by Ray Bradbury, is a great piece I think many should dig into to wonder for themselves if they are living how they want to. This book serves as a reminder that we as humans, who have the advantage to think logically and cleverly, should think for our actions. This book has lots to analyze, so I’d recommend this to ages 14 and up, and I rate it 5 stars.

Jul 13, 2020

Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury, is set in a dystopian society where the government tries to stay in control of its people by keeping everyone happy. To keep the happiness, firefighters burn books in order to control unhappy concepts from spreading around the community. Guy Montag, the main character, is a firefighter who is brainwashed like the rest of his society. As he starts to question the book burning policy, he is confronted with major character transformation. This all started when Montag met with Clarisse, a seventeen-year-old girl who is an outcast. Through Clarisse, he starts to learn that his life and the lives of the people around him are empty and meaningless. He also learned that books can enlighten someone with knowledge rather than engulfing people with dark thoughts, which is what the government tried to convince the people into believing. Montag is soon found hoarding books, and he must decide whether to escape his society or go back to his previous ways.

Jul 13, 2020

Fahrenheit 451
The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic novel about a fireman who burns buildings instead of saving them. In their society, books are frowned upon and everyone is glued to their electronics. If you were considered normal in our society today then there was something wrong with you in that society. This book is pretty good and is certainly very dystopian. I disliked some of the writing in the book and the ending. Some parts of the books are also hard to understand. Overall, I personally wouldn’t recommend this book but it is still a good read.

Jun 25, 2020

Have you ever imagined if the world banned all books? Well, if you have, then the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is an excellent book to showcase this idea and the experience of one particular person: Guy Montag. Montag is a firefighter who has to burn books (paper burns at 451 degrees Fahrenheit, hence the book’s name) even if it is at a hidden house. It is illegal to own books in this dystopian society he resides in. Amongst the reasons books were banned is to keep the society unaware of events and in a way retain them as illiterate. But when Montag encounters his neighbor, Clarrise, he interrogates the reason behind burning books since she inspired him to read confiscated books to educate himself. I was interested in how the structure of the events in this novel was put together as it raised many exciting situations. Additionally, I loved how technology was going to take over as a future reality that included big televisions since it was relatable to today’s society.

Jun 16, 2020

Farenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where firemen start fires instead of putting them out... Specifically starting fires to books, deemed as the cause of their consumeristic society's unhappiness.

The book is on the short side but packed with thought-provoking narratives and underlying meanings. It's warning to an instant gratification society, AKA a "mind-numbed" society addicted to television, media, entertainment, etc. Thinking and going for walks of all things makes you anti-social in this world, and reading a book is enough to have your house burnt down! The accurate reflection of society today is staggering, (although definitely not pin-point accurate, it was written in the '50s). Bradbury was correct about a future instant-gratification consuming society, (He even predicted Apple AirPods!).

A highly recommended read, not too long but filled with great characters, an exciting plot-line and tidbits of valuable truth and knowledge scattered throughout the book. Must-read if you are interested in the Classics, or just anything!

Jun 02, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury. It has a fascinating background, set in a future where most books have become banned, complete with vivid imagery and flowery language. It describes Guy Montag, a fireman who burns books instead of putting out fires. Over the course of the story, Montag begins to gain an interest in the books that he was supposed to burn, putting himself in a dangerous dilemma. The story itself is truly exciting and thrilling, yet it is confusing at some parts. The book’s message was very powerful, noting that we cannot continue in the hedonistic ways of society. Fahrenheit 451 has predicted flatscreen TVs, earbuds, and digital communication. With each passing generation less people read books. Overall, it is a well written story. I highly recommend reading the book.

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