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Snap ending

I think the part in which Captain Beatty explains the start of their profession really gives us an insight on the society in Fahrenheit 451.   It’s implied that books were banned because it caused conflict. But Beatty says it didn’t start from the government –  “It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no […]

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Books: Good or Bad?

In my opinion, books are a positive thing because they provide us with knowledge and information. Books are the vehicle allowing us to succeed in school and life. In Fahrenheit 451, the government sees books as a threat to the human race as it oppresses the people living in it. Bradbury illustrated a very dull […]

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Clarisse

I find Clarisse to be a very realistic character, this is because she is relatable to most people in our society. Her main traits are being observant, curious and intrigued in almost everything. She is somewhat of a threat to the futuristic world of the novel, this is due to her upbringing and the people […]

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In a Material World

I enjoyed reading Fahrenheit 451 because of its exploration of the theme materialism, which serves as a warning for us to recognize the direction that our society is heading in. The novel portrays a society in which everyone is addicted to new technology and uses it as a form of escape from reality. Mildred constantly […]

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Being a Human

While reading the book, I feel sorry for the people who don’t get a chance to think on their own because there is absolutely nothing to think about. People who don’t think are doing the “right thing” but the people who do, on the other hand, gets eliminated, Clarrisse for example. Who says happiness comes […]

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The right kind of mistakes

Near the end of the novel, Granger tells Montag about the phoenix, a bird that is reborn out of it’s own ashes. He likens it to human history and how we repeat our mistakes again and again each time. But the difference between the phoenix and humanity is that we have the ability to remember […]

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Symbolism

I would like to begin with the symbolism of this book. There are great examples of symbolism such as “Fahrenheit 451”,  which is the temperature that book can catch fire. Another example is “The Hearth and the Salamander”, it is a symbol of a fireplace in a traditional home. In the past it was believed […]

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Mildred’s Suicide Attempt

Mildred’s attempted suicide really stood out to me in this novel. I think this scene very clearly reveals to us that there is something really wrong within this society, that there are nine to ten cases of attempted suicide every night. The handymen that come to “cure” her take away the “liquid melancholy” in her, […]

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No Books = Happiness?

Bradbury has conveyed through characters in Fahrenheit 451 the impact books can have on each individual. Mildred’s friends, Mrs Phelps and Mrs Bowles, are perhaps Bradbury’s illustration of people in the society Montag lives in. They are portrayed to be indifferent and shallow, as they do not put their interests elsewhere other than their “families,” […]

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The Woman and her Books

What is Bradbury’s intention of portraying this woman? Clearly, this scene has a huge impact on the theme of this book. In my opinion, I would say this is the climax because not only does it show reflections of an individual in that society but also triggers Montag into thinking his career over. For years, […]

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