Teen Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel that focuses on the events that occur in a dystopian society. Our protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to set fires, rather than put them out. In this society, it is illegal to read or even own books, and those who violate this law will have their books and their house burned down by firemen, whose hoses pump gasoline instead of water. Montag’s wife, Mildred, is a materialistic, suicidal woman who is addicted to interactive television and fails to even converse with her husband. The light of the novel, and the character most of us will admire and relate to, is 17-year-old Clarisse McClellan, Montag’s neighbor who changes his perspective on life. In this fast-paced society, Clarisse is considered abnormal and forced to go to a psychiatrist because she enjoys taking walks, talking, and with the world around her. Clarisse feels that Montag is abnormal too, because she notices that he isn’t like the other firemen; he is willing to listen to her, and isn’t an intimidating figure of authority. Most of the novel focuses on the dark secret that Montag has been hiding from his wife, his boss Beatty, and the rest of society as it unravels, ruining his family and himself. Bradbury’s highly-acclaimed sci-fi novel is a cautionary tale that warns us against the overindulgence of technology, and a good read I highly encourage teens to consider.
~Niraja, 15-Parman TLLC