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Fahrenheit 451 the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns A good warning for aspiring librarians In Ray Bradburys futuristic fiction Fahrenheit 451 we are faced with the issues of book burning and censorship also with the problems that the ignorance caused by these two things creates The story is of Guy Montag a fireman A man who loves to burn books or so he thinks In his generation the world has gone to pot Idiocy and bliss run wild through the television sets of future day America His wife is hooked on the tube and they have been breed to believe that books are evil things However just as in all situations of this kind real or fictional there is a certain spark misssing in life We see it in George Orwells 1984 and we also see it in the literature motion pictures and art of the 20th century Chinese civil war He lacks the bit of understanding in his environment that makes his life hollow Then we are introduced to Clarisse McClellan a young woman who opens his mind teaches him to walk in the rain and rub dandelions under his chin More and more he drifts from where he should be to stay alive in a comfortable way and heads toward a realization of the lacking in his life As he examines his world he finds that the only thing he really knows is missing from his life are the books the books that he burns as an occupation To find out whether or not this is it he steals books as he destroys them and eventually is caught by his fire chief Beatty Beatty plays an important part in this tale as he serves to show him the flip side of realization Beatty realized his lack in life and also read the books but he was not strong enough to step away from the conforming mold of the flock of
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