Essay On Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyPart 1: The Hearth and the SalamanderFirst of all, let me start by saying that I have never read this book before. I enjoyed it very much although I did not completely understand everything, as it is in most cases with very intricate literature. This is why I started reading Fahrenheit 451 again. I will start by discussing Ray Bradbury's diction, the themes presented so far, and the character Clarisse.Personally speaking, I admire Ray Bradbury's style of writing. He writes intellectual books that everyone can appreciate. As far as diction goes, his writing style is especially unique. One of the parts in the book that I think is most interesting is: "One drop of rain. Clarisse. Another drop. Mildred. A third. The uncle. A fourth. The fire tonight. One, Clarisse. Two, Mildred. Three, uncle. Four, fire. One, Mildred, two, Clarisse." (Bradbury 17)Although this isn't the main diction throughout the story, it is very effective. It's just random thought. I like this because I don't believe we all think in complete sentences.The most important aspect of this book is theme. In fact, Ray Bradbury probably thought of the theme before he wrote the story. The central theme of the book is censorship. It's saying that this situation is possible. "Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick..." Beatty tells Montag (Bradbury 58). No choice, no controversy, no problem, everybody's happy, or at least occupied. Humans are no longer people, but bodies. The world depicted is absolutely frightening.Although Clarisse simply disappears towards the end of the section, she is one of the most significant characters in the entire story. She does not follow the standards of society, therefore is thought of as a danger. She says to Montag, "The psychiatrist wants to know why I go out and hike around in the forests and watch the birds and collect butterflies."(Bradbury 23) Ironically enough, in today's society she probably still would be considered an outcast, but by no means a danger. By pointing out things that most of society doesn't even think about or notice (and that most readers tend to take for granted) she further stirs the feelings of doubt and discontentment in Montag. All in all, she seems to be someone who knows there is no hope for the future, has accepted it, and now doesn't care about it. She knows what the past was like, and tries to live that kind of life for herself but isn't intentionally trying to get others to do the same.Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyPart 2: The Sieve and the SandIn part two, it seems to me the story completely changes tone and direction, as if Mr. Bradbury wrote the first part, laid it aside, then picked it back up months later. For this section, I will talk about the plot and tone, discuss the character Beatty, and then make a comparison between the text and the film "The Matrix."As I said at the beginning, to me the story changes tone and direction in part two. In the first part,...

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