What We're Reading: Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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One of those books that you would have heard of and have either read or is on your to be read list, perhaps you have even seen the film adaptation.

It is often grouped together with books like 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for the sheer fact that they are all dystopian fiction but to me there is a simplicity in this book not found in the other two.

“He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back.”

This line is my favourite in the whole book as is shows you how happiness is at the centre of humanity in whatever society or century you live in.

The book focuses on how society functions by losing its individuality which to me resonates a lot with where our society seems to be going towards to sometimes. In our search for individuality we sometimes end up being the same as we all want the fast fashion that is now available to us, the latest phone, to all go to the most fashionable restaurants and all listen to the same music.

In this book Bradbury writes both a love letter to book and a warning to humanity. He shows us both the necessity of the written word and the need for communication between people and what sharing ideas does for us. Dissecting that book you read and being opinionated will always be something positive.

He shows us that however oppressed people in a society are there will always be some strong enough to fight it and rebuilt it to the way it was before. One of the main ways in which Bradbury shows us people’s resilience is through Clarisse McCllelan’s character which once again shows us both how important someone’s upbringing is and the positivity we find when the youth are the source of comfort in an awful book in which books are banned and burning them is a profession. Photography by Louisa Hall. 


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