Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451
"Fahrenheit 451" is one of the most renowned novels written by Ray Bradbury. The book is a dystopian novel, which depicts the society that slips toward totalitarianism and total human degradation, when fundamental human values are devaluated and become meaningless. In this book, the author raises an important theme of the choice people make in their life between the thoughtless life full of material pleasures and entertainment and the intellectual life full of risks and psychological sufferings.

In fact, the author depicts a future society, which, though, originates from the society in which the author lived. The book represents the vision of the writer of the future society, where television and mass media dominate and control the life of people, changing their life and making them thoughtless. Ray Bradbury depicts the anti-intellectual society, where people fight against any manifestation of intellectual activities, where thinking is virtually forbidden and where everything is conditioned by the ruling elite. The access of people to knowledge is not just limited but conditioned by the ruling elite as well. In fact, the ruling elite conditions the entire society through the mass media, especially television. In such a context, it is quite symbolic that books are forbidden in the anti-intellectual society because they make people thinking. Hence, books are burned, whereas possession or reading books is a crime. In such a context, the title of the book turns out to be quite symbolic because it indicates the temperature at which the paper burns.

Thus, the author attempts to warn the society from becoming an anti-intellectual society.

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