CriticalAnalysis of Fahrenheit 451
RayBradbury`s book Fahrenheit focuses on the effects of coercedconformity on a society that lives in a future world. The titleitself is suggestive and refers to the temperature at which thefiremen use to burn the books. In essence, Bradbury does a perfectjob of connecting the suppression of personal freedom as it relatesto expression and dissemination of ideas through literature. Thispiece of art demonstrates an elaborate development of the plot, aswell as an accurate presentation of major themes.
Theplot revolves around a dystopian world where the idea of personalthinking has since been suppressed by the reigning regime. The authordescribes a community where books have been banned in order tocontrol people from expressing their personal ideas and opinions.With the assistance from a group of people known as firemen, theregime silences the whole society in terms of expression of ideas tothe point where they only have to rely on T.Vs. At the centre of theentire story is a man known as Montag. Montag and his colleagues arecharged with the responsibility of set fires on books in order tosuppress independent personal thinking (Bradbury 3).
Theauthor describes a society that is so much dispassionate about booksand the idea of personal thinking that it cannot even tolerate thesite of books. As a result, the society comes up with very strictmeasures for any person found in possession of books. Montag and hisfellow fire starters set on blaze the homes of any person who doesnot comply with the requirement.
Thereis the perfect development of the basic ingredients of a good storyincluding complication, climax, and suspense. At the starting pointof the story, Montag seems to be a very satisfied character who loveshis job so much. The situation appears as perfect until Montag isfinally convinced to change his attitude towards a reading culture byProfessor Faber. They immediately plan a campaign to popularize areading culture through the massive production of books. A crisisdevelops when Clarisse challenges Montag on his stand about books andhis personal career. It is at this section that the author brings tothe attention of readers Montag own dissatisfaction. Montag`sidentity crisis is also another important aspect of the story whichreveals the characteristics of a society full of flaws. Furthercomplication is brought about by the entry of Professor Faber in themix. Faber makes the readers see the character of Montag from a verydifferent angle from the one at the onset of the story. Montag`s wifeknown as Mildred grows increasingly uncomfortable of his husband andeven decides turns him into the authorities.
Forsure, Bradbury has blended the plot of the story with the main themesin a very clever way. Through the different characters, Bradburyaptly develops the theme of censorship, knowledge vs. ignorance,identity, as well as violence. Characters such as Montag, Faber andMildred enable the author effectively to develop a convincing plotwhich sets guides the audience towards an accurate understanding andconceptualization of the main idea and themes. Although the storywould have been more interesting if it had been longer, its overallpresentation is quite fluent and exhibits an element of elaborateflow of literary ideas. The book is surely a must read for allliterature students and teachers.
Bradbury,Ray. Fahrenheit451.New York: Random House, 1996. Print.