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Identify 15 reasons to love Farenheit 451.

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Identify 15 reasons to love Farenheit 451.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM (Answer #1)

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Seeing that 15 reasons might take up more space than allotted in paragraph form, listing them with detail might be the best way to show why Fahrenheit 451 is a book to love. 

1.  Book burning still exists- Bradbury's work is still applicable because there are those in the position of power that wish to control what is thought.  Book burning and "the fireman" are not antiquated.  All over the world, there are reports of governments seeking to control their subjects and those in the position of power wanting to control what their subjects believe.

2.  "Are you happy?"- This question still provokes intense debate and discussion.  The very question that Clarisse poses to Montag that causes him to change his life still poses such reflection today.

3.  Mildred's "desire" for a fourth TV Wall- One reason to love Bradbury's work is that he shows the emptiness in blind consumerism.  "I want another TV" and "I need another _____" are elements of the modern setting that are still experienced today.  Mildred's consumerism and the emptiness that follows resonate today

4.  Midred's obsession with her soap operas is no different than the fascination with modern reality television and obsession with social media.  The same hollowness exists in both, something that Bradbury saw decades before its advent.

5.  Montag's change demonstrates that individuals can become the change they wish to be.  That is something to revere in both literature and life.

6.  Reading books is subversive- It's trite, but the point is made that the reading and ingesting of books provides a realm where social conformity does not reach.  This ability to remain free from the contaminating influence of homogeneity is liberating.

7.  When Montag recites the authors he has to burn, it's almost a badge of honor- "Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner" is a laundry list of some of the best that literature has to offer.  Such a list in an impressive work of literature itself is the embodiment of intertextuality.

8.  Alone and lonely are not the same- Bradbury's work praises the individual who is alone.  In being alone, one neednt be lonely.  It is as timely a lesson then as it is now.

9.  Reading books is liberating- Any work that can effectively show how beautifully liberating it is to read is powerful.  It is worthy of one's love.  Books provide a liberation point in which individuals no longer have to capitulate to what is and can aspire to something more, better, and transformative.

10.  Reading books connects individuals to one another- In reading literature, we understand how individuals' predicaments shape their world.  In understanding them, we understand human beings more. "Books, then, are an antidote to alienation."

11.  Bradbury's work is a response to McCarthyism and Cold War Paranoia- In a time frame in which the desire to appropriate and control "the other" was so much a part of American culture, Bradbury's work offers an alternative way of thinking at a time when such a remedy was needed.

12.  Montag challenges his boss- This has to be a reason to love this book because so many bosses fail to provide the right moral and spiritual guidance.  When Montag challenges Beatty, it is a reminder that workers can have power.

13.  "I'm seventeen and I'm crazy."  There is some strange, truthuful beauty to this quote.

14 and 15.  Memory  and the human experience wins- Any work of literature that affirms this has to be loved.

 

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