Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. This novel is known as one of Ray Bradbury’s best works. The novel’s plot consists of a future American society where books are illegal and “firemen burn” any books which are discovered. The title derives from the auto-ignition point or kindling point of the paper.
The novel is set up in an unspecified city at some unidentified future after the year 1960. The book has three parts “The Hearth and the Salamander”, “The Sieve and the Sand”, and “Burning Bright”. In The Hearth and the Salamander, in the first part of the book, Guy Montag who is a “fireman” employed to burn the belongings of those who have read outlawed books. One night while coming back from work, he meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl named Clarisse Mc Clellan whose free-thinking belief and energetic spirit make him think about his life and happiness. When he reaches home, he finds his wife Mildred overdosed on sleeping pills and calls for an ambulance. Fortunately, Mildred survives having no memory as to why she had so many pills.
Clarisse and Montag commence having conversations every day when Montag walked back home. She told him about her interest and how her ideals have made her the odd one out in her school. Montag started to wait for their meetings and just as he begins to expect them; Clarisse goes absent, which makes him believe that something might have gone wrong. The following days, when the other tram of firemen were causing damage to the book-filled house of an old woman before the burning, Montag steals a book before any of his coworkers could notice. The woman refuses to leave her books and house behind, deciding to burn herself along with her books and accommodation.
Montag filled with the nostalgia of a woman burning herself returns back home. He hides the book under his pillow while getting ready for bedtime. He tries to talk to his wife Mildred and somehow manages to. During the conversation, he realizes that he knows little about his wife, and how little they have in common. Montag asks his wife if she had seen Clarisse, to which she mutters that she believes that Clarisse died after getting struck by a speeding car and her family had relocated.
While trying to sleep, he feels the presence of “The Hound”, which is an eight-legged robotic creature used by the firemen for help, in his room.
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