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Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Shariq Ali

“Fahrenheit 451” is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953. The title refers to the temperature at which paper ignites and burns. The story is set in a future society where books are banned, and a totalitarian government controls and manipulates information to maintain social conformity.

The protagonist of the novel is Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books, which are considered dangerous and subversive. In this society, people are constantly bombarded with mind-numbing entertainment through massive television screens and earpieces called “seashells.” Intellectual curiosity is discouraged, and people are discouraged from thinking critically or questioning the status quo.

Montag starts to question his role in society and begins secretly collecting books. He meets a young woman named Clarisse McClellan, who encourages him to think about the world around him. As Montag continues to rebel against the oppressive regime, he becomes a fugitive and joins a group of rebels who preserve and memorize books to protect knowledge and promote independent thinking.

“Fahrenheit 451” explores themes such as censorship, the importance of literature and intellectual freedom, the dangers of mass media, and the power of individual thought and rebellion. It serves as a cautionary tale about the suppression of knowledge and the consequences of a society devoid of critical thinking and meaningful human connections.

The novel has been widely acclaimed for its portrayal of a bleak future society and its commentary on the dangers of censorship and intellectual conformity. It has become a classic of dystopian literature and continues to be studied and discussed in schools and universities around the world.

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