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Problems caused by technology

In the story, it is clear that electronic devices become an important factor that effect people’s lives, for example Mildred’s obsession with television to avoid confronting her life caused a huge gap between her and Montag, her husband. Moreover her attempt to commit suicide reveals that she’s in great pain in her life. These show […]

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Life and Death

Throughout the novel, Bradbury plays with the subject of life and death. This example is shown when Guy Montag’s wife, Millie tries to commit suicide, and later discovered and sent to emergency by Montag, which at this point is unclear whether she is alive or dead. As she is being saved, the medics inserted a […]

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Is ignorance bliss?

In this future world, people live their lives within the mask of ignorance. Knowledge are seen as threats to this ignorance and so are burnt by the firemen to maintain equality and the happiness of society. With different groups and minorities disagreeing each other, this future society chooses to eliminate these barriers (knowledge) altogether so […]

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How Ray Bradbury make Fahrenheit 451 succuesful

Fahrenheit 451 is a successful book written by Ray Bradbury which  has won the 2007 pulitzer prize special citation and get to have 50th anniversary edition. There are so many reasons that make Fahrenheit 451 utterly phenomenal as Bradbury used the  experience he gained from the past fifty years of writing 500 short stories, novels, […]

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Burning Books

‘It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.’ Ray Bradbury opens his novel with a very powerful line, this specific quote in the book sets a very dramatic scene. The tone of this line comes across as somewhat evil, it is supposably […]

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Ultimate life goal: Happiness

I figured that the reason firemen do what they do is to make people “happy”. Yes, everyone wants to be happy, it’s the ultimate life goal of all human beings. However, the system within the future world of Farenheit451 just doesn’t work. Books about lung cancer making smokers feel bad? Why not just simply get […]

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Sympathy for Montag

When Montag questions Mildred about the first time they ever met, she was unable to recall the moment and laughed, showing how little emotional attachment she has with her own husband. Mildred showed no signs of worry or sadness despite being unable to remember something which is considered a special moment for couples, even stating […]

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Fahrenheit 451: inversion of conventional ideas

In this post I would like to give my reflection on the world in the book that Ray Bradbury portrayed. There is one word that I will use to describe this world; inversion. Everything in that world is opposite to our world including the people in there.  There are many sections in this book that […]

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The Montags

I’m quite surprised on how Guy and Mildred have managed to live together, when they both don’t agree on anything, and especially when they don’t seem to love each other. I think there are issues in this family. Mildred often tries to suicide by taking too many pills, but is always failing. Her memories are […]

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