The message of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is still relevant today

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The cover of Ray Bradbury's novel, "Fahrenheit 451."

Mary Hazel Bellan, Guest Contributor

A powerful novel is one whose message stands the test of time. A prime example is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 was written over 65 years ago, yet its message still holds true today. The novel is set in a dystopian future where people no longer think for themselves and live with a false sense of security. Books were illegal, and anyone found in possession of a book would watch them be burned along with their house. 

The main character is a fireman named Guy Montag whose job was to burn. He loved his job, that is until he meets a seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse whose oddities such as: noticing the dew on the morning grass and walking in the rain just to find out what it tastes like. Being around Clarisse makes him question everything. He begins to question whether he is truly happy with his life. He begins to think, exactly what his society doesn’t want him doing, and that is where the trouble starts. 

Farenheit 451 is a fairly short and straight to the point book. Bradbury doesn’t use too much flowery imagery or too many lengthy descriptions to get his point across, yet writes in a simple and clear style which makes it very easy for the reader to understand. If you aren’t the kind of person who enjoys simple language and straightforwardness, the book also includes a great deal of symbolism for readers who like to pick their books apart and make deeper connections. 

Overall, the book Fahrenheit 451 is a great novel that everyone can and should read. The novels serves as a warning against choosing false comfort over being able to think for oneself and its powerful message reminds us of the importance of knowledge and learning.