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It was a pleasure to burn It was a special pleasure to see things eaten to see things blackened and changed begins Fahrenheit 451 1 This opening of Bradburys novel immediately evokes the consequences of the careless use of new technology and modern-mans refusal to recognize these consequences de Koster 44 The book Fahrenheit 451 is one of only two novels that Ray Bradbury has written the other being Something Wicked This Way Comes Many believe that Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles are novels when in fact they are just collections of different stories put together by connected themes The idea for the story comes from a story called the The Fireman published in Galaxy The premise for the book is rather farfetched-that firemen in some future state no longer fight fires but set them having become extensions of a political program aimed at stamping out all literature Johnson 85 It was written when Senator Joseph McCarthy was trying to destroy the rebellious elements in the US Using broad attacks innuendo and guilt by association they had made Hollywood one of their major targets convinced it was a hotbed of communists sympathizers and saboteursde Koster 26 This was known as the McCarthy era Bradbury admits that the book Fahrenheit 451 was an attack on McCarthyism personal attacks on individuals on a wide scale usually based on false accusations even though this wasnt very clear In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury mourns no only the governments determination to tell people what to think and to destroy those who show any signs of independent thought but the peoples willingness to stop thinking-and reading-for themselvesde Koster 12 Ray Bradbury is an American author who is best known for his science fiction novels His most effective writing style is when he combines his wonderful imagination and poetic style Barron 213 Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan Illinois on August 22 1920 a son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and
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