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The character of Clarisse McClellan

In this post, I am going to explore the character of Clarisse McClellan and her importance to the novel as a whole. Although Guy Montag is the main character of the novel I think Clarisse is as important as him. Clarisse seems to be leading Montag into different situations including illegally keeping and reading books […]

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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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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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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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Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 vs Mao’s Cultural Revolution

          When I read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury I, for some reason, relate it to another book I have read, Balzac and little Chinese Seamstress. What I am trying to say is that the book reminds me of Cultural Revolution in China. In 1966, Chairman Mao launches Cultural Revolution campaign […]

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Characterization

It seems that Montag is determined to find the truth of books as he has been stealing books and secretly reviewing them. Also, even Montag himself don’t know the reason why he work as a fireman and burn down books. This highlights how odd people are at that moment. However, even though books are against […]

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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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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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