The extraordinary experience of reading the novel Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray
Bradbury, is that although it was written in 1953 the author predicted a vivid description
of the way things are in America today. The colorful characters in this book represent
different examples of American culture and how this culture is addicted to electronic
media means of communication and has a lack of self control. This fictional story
projects almost sixty years into the future.
The time period of this story is not clearly specified in the novel but it could easily
be assumed that the story takes place during the new millennium. There are references
to terrible crimes, nuclear weapons, political correctness, and even reality television.
There is a unique sense of addressing social ignorance that controlled literature. Any
independent thoughts were written off as mental illness. And for the most part, general
society believes what they hear; which is a clear description of current times.
The story revolves around a fireman and his wife, Guy and Mildred Montag, who
are not very intelligent people. Guy only believes what he hears and Mildred is a coach
potato that only wants to watch her TV shows. This couple never posed the question
“Why?” to society. Guy suddenly realizes that his life has a certain void and begins fill
the void with reading the books that society has made mandatory to burn. At the same
time he attempts to strengthen his relationship and communication with his wife.
Guy meets his new seventeen year old neighbor Clarisse McClellan, who is the
complete opposite of his wife. She’s energetic and outgoing. Clarisse is an
independent thinker that shares her perspectives and fuels thought for Guy. Soon after
meeting Clarisse, Guy finds his wife has overdosed on sleeping pills and is forced to call
medical help. Because Guy has been sheltered a bit from society, the...