Sunday, October 3, 2010

Independent Novel Study: 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury

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For our independent novel study, I have decided to read Fahrenheit 911 by Ray Bradbury.

"Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning ... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think... and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!"

Personally, I am intrigued by the concept of a society where free thinking is considered as treachery. In a world without order and justifications, as in the novel, people run around and do whatever they want, whenever they want. Seeing how the main character Guy would be perceived in our own society extremely negatively, I am interest in seeing how the story progresses and influences him to rethink his entire perspective on the world around him. Also, I'm generally interested in seeing how Guy's influence may directly alter the society area around him.

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