Matthew Dunaway November 2018

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‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury A Page FromMatt’s Bookshelf

A few years ago, I went back to read all the classics everyone is supposed to read. I’m talking about the books that are often taught in high school English courses and that I

that paper burns at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Montag starts out as a mindless cog in the system. But after meeting a young woman who challenges his beliefs, he begins to think about

dramas she and her friends are addicted to on her expensive, wall-sized TV. Millie is utterly indifferent to the oppressive society because she can’t look away from that screen. It’s eerily prophetic. Bradbury wrote this story 65 years ago about a woman who is ruining her relationship because she’s consumed with a massive TV. Today, we let ourselves get consumed by 5-inch screens in our pockets. How does this habit impact our health mentally, spiritually, and emotionally? “Fahrenheit 451” is a short story. You could read this book in an afternoon, and I truly encourage everyone to do so. The novel says so much about the value of books, the dangers of becoming too dependent on technology, and the importance of paying attention to what you consume.

somehow missed out on. One of the best books I read during this endeavor was “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. If you’re like me and “Fahrenheit 451” wasn’t on your high school or college curriculum, then here are the basics: In a dystopian future where books have been banned, Guy Montag is a firefighter. But instead of putting out house fires, Montag’s job is to burn illegal books the government finds. The title of the novel comes from the fact

the system he’s part of, what he does, and why he does it.

Since book burning is central to the plot, there

are clearly themes of censorship throughout the story. However, the most striking thing about the book to me was what Bradbury had to say about technology. Montag’s wife, Millie, represents people as a whole in this dystopian society. She stays home most of the day, watching shallow

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