Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Review


“Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.”

Fahrenheit 451 was a rather interesting read. This whole book actually kind of confused me for the most part. Maybe it’s because it’s an older book; I don’t know. However, I struggled at times to understand what was going on in the book and that just confused me quite a bit. I couldn’t distinguish certain events in the book because of the wording that the author used and I just found myself highly confused most times. Despite that, I still understood the concept of the book.

The whole burning books thing made me feel…indifferent. I was angry towards the government of that world to allow people to just go in and burn the thought and creations of people like it were nothing. However, I understood why there did it. They wanted everyone to conform and to be the same. They couldn’t risk people being different because that meant that if people were different, there would be a lot more fights and war and disagreements.

Conformity plays a big piece in this book. Just like in almost any dystopian novel, the government wants the people to conform to their standard of normal. For example, in Divergent they want people to conform to one social group, either honest, selfless, brave, intelligent, or peaceful. I feel like Fahrenheit 451 was the book that started dystopian novels. I also feel like Fahrenheit 451 was what brought conformity in novels to light. To me, Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that shaped literature and other genres.

Now, the storyline of Fahrenheit 451 is quite intriguing to me. I felt like the book was slightly rushed, however the concept of the book (the burning of books) made begin to wonder what it would be like if we lived in a world where burning books was normal. If that were the case, I don’t know what I would do because I read so much and it helps me to forget about things.

Clarisse’s character had to be my favorite character. Clarisse was one of those girls who was very outspoken and opinionated and I thought that she was rather admirable. She was wise and appeared well beyond her years and she caused Montag to take a look at himself and change who he was. I feel like without Clarisse, Montag would have never realized that he was unhappy with his life.

Montag’s character, on the other hand, kind of irritated me actually. One moment he thought books were horrible, the next he wanted to keep them all and read them and make a difference, but he just went about things carelessly. He spoke to his wife’s friends about books and didn’t even think about the repercussions of it. Then he went to Faber’s house when he was being chased and thought nothing of it.

Overall, I found this book to be actually quite boring. There wasn’t much action and when there was action, it didn’t make any sense and it was just weird and unexplained. The concept of this book was good and I feel like it was a breakthrough in the dystopian genre, however I just didn’t feel like it lived up to its full potential because it just felt really rushed to me and left me with unanswered questions. So, despite the things that I loved about the book, there were some thing I disliked about the book. I’m going to have to give this book 3.5 coffee creamers out of 5, just because I felt it was too rushed and was left unanswered.