Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a firefighter Guy Montag, whose job is to burn books that are considered dangerous. One night, when Montag met his neighbor, Clarice McClellan, she awakened him and forced him to think about his life, happiness, ideals and why the society he lives in looks like. He began to realize the empty life he had been living in and began to question why books were considered dangerous and burned. Montag's boss, Captain Beatty, noticed that he was guilty. One day, when Montag was sick, he came to visit him. He explained why they burn books, how they bring about various unwelcome emotions, feelings and rebellions. Beatty claims that it would be better if society fits the collective mind because it would be less dangerous.
One day, the staff was sent to a house where a woman refused to give up her books. When they burned the house with all the books, the woman was still inside. Montag is responsible for this, and this incident has completely changed his life. He sought the help of an old English teacher named Faber whom he had seen. Although Clarisse helped him understand how the world works, Faber is responsible for his complete awakening. Faber taught him what books really mean, the importance of literature and the new ideas that provide him with the guidance to take action. Montag decided not to burn the book anymore. After a while, his boss began to suspect that he was hiding and collecting books, and one day he was called to burn his own home. Montag refused to obey the order and tried to escape. The story continues as a fugitive in Montag's run, while the chase is live on TV.
The Fahrenheit 451 is an amazing book about a social trap without personality or reason, and people have lost the ability to think for themselves. Perhaps most notably, we may not even realize that society has become like this, or that we have become part of it, as the protagonist of the novel, Guy Montag, said. This book is compared to George Orwell's 1984 work and has many similarities. Both novels describe a society in which individuals have little control over their lives and thoughts. But I think the Fahrenheit 451 doesn't feel so dark, and there is a slightly optimistic view that makes it more enjoyable.