Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - A Short Summary & Review

Short Summary of the book Fahrenheit 451:

Television is good, but books are flammable. 

My favorite Ray Bradbury quote from the book:

"Stuff your eyes with wonder."

Questions to ponder while reading Fahrenheit 451:

Is book burning ever ok? 

Does society have to be made stupid to conform?

My review of the book:

Television was in its infancy when it was written, and people relied more on written media for information; there was also more dialogue between people. Fast forward sixty years into the future, and you can see people absorbed in a digital world. Opinions are no longer formed through careful consideration after reading, discussion, and careful consideration but through a knee-jerk reaction to a headline. While I have nothing against mind-numbing entertainment, there is a danger in consistently allowing someone else to choose what entertains you.

Despite the book burning metaphor, I have never felt this book was mainly about censorship. It is about a society so used to having entertainment and information blasted to them 24/7 that there is no time for thought and contemplation. When we give up our thoughts, we give up who we are as individuals. In the extreme case of Fahrenheit 451, we become mindless, one-dimensional beings who have no concept of the natural world. Because books are burned and asking questions is taboo, there is no way to become anything else.


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