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on 5 April 1999
As a high school junior, I was recently made to read Farenheit 451. Unlike the typical high school student, reading is one of my most cherished activities. Thus I was pleased to find that we would be reading 'heavy' novels and were expected to do some thinking beyond the usual confines of teen thought. I was shocked at the way most of my peers responded to the novel and the assignment itself. Most hated the novel and were disgruntled to find that we were (gasp) supposed to think? The very idea! It was actually quite ironic to find that the very ideas of lax thought and caring that Mr. Bradbury was trying to convey were precisely what I found in my classmates. It was also a disturbing discovery for me to make. Farenheit 451 was an excellent novel although I believe it was written far in advance of its time. Had it been published just recently, perhaps more people would understand the troubles it predicts, which are indeed staring us in the face. The most interesting part of the novel is that it came in a time when the Guy Montags of the world were frowned upon, as were individualism and self-expression. The struggles which Guy faces are a perfect example of today's struggles. There are some of us in the world who refuse to conform and think exactly like the government wants or society decrees. It makes one truly think about how close we have come to slipping into Guy's society. Look at Hitler and WW II. Look at genetic engineering and euthansia. Mr. Bradbury's novel gives a chilling and striking depeiction of what the world would be like without a few individualists. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes Kate Chopin or Ross Perot.
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