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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires—they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal—a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs...Don’t give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.” Guy Montag is a book- burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His young next-door neighbor, thrilled by books, has disappeared.
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