Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a story about Guy Montag, a fireman who’s in charge of book burnings instead of putting out fires. In this story, we follow Guy as he struggles with his current reality in this dystopian future.
In this speculative fiction story, Ray Bradbury’s Guy Montag introduces us to a variety of different things in the society, including a four-wall television that only shows mindless chatter and what classes would look like without books.
Eventually, Guy starts to questions the rules around him, leading him to an English professor and a group of people who memorize books to make sure they’re not lost forever to the threat of book burning.
This sort of story is supposed to be read as a book of warning when it comes to censorship and conformism. Currently, many people still site this book when new censorship laws come out in schools as a warning of an oppressive future and an illiterate society.
This book was discussed on the Barely Bookish podcast and featured guest Nova (@novasaurusRexx). The episodes go through all of the plot in extreme detail, making it perfect if you’re wanting to listen instead of read, or enjoy the episodes as a further analysis of the book itself.
Barely Bookish is a book podcast where Rachel reads through classic literature and modern classics to see if they hold up to modern readers. In this, Rachel and a guest take deep dives into the novels you know and love, making it perfect for people who have read these books in school or those who have never read them before. New episodes come out every Wednesday.
Today, we’re diving into modernism with Fahrenheit 451! Honestly, I have a lot of opinions about this book, so I hope you all will enjoy this discussion as much as I enjoyed having it. Honestly, I do not understand the system of government in this book or how they function as a society, so this should be a lot of fun.
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We also watched the Fahrenheit 451 movie (2018) which features Michael B. Jordan. Make sure you give that a listen for our review of that as well!