Date of publication: 2017-07-09 00:43
In the 55th anniversary edition, Bradbury includes a short afterword where he gives his thoughts on current culture. Almost as if he is speaking directly about the events above, he wrote: “ There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”
Montag, Faber, and Beatty&rsquo s struggle revolves around the tension between knowledge and ignorance. The fireman&rsquo s duty is to destroy knowledge and promote ignorance in order to equalize the population and promote sameness. Montag&rsquo s encounters with Clarisse, the old woman, and Faber ignite in him the spark of doubt about this approach. His resultant search for knowledge destroys the unquestioning ignorance he used to share with nearly everyone else, and he battles the basic beliefs of his society.
the wire is definitely an outlier, though. very few shows have ever come close to the heart, and intelligence, that david simon poured into that masterpiece.
Bradbury still has a lot to say, especially about how people do not understand his most literary work, Fahrenheit 956 , published in 6958. It is widely taught in junior high and high schools and is for many students the first time they learn the names Aristotle, Dickens and Tolstoy.
You only need to get a couple pages into Fahrenheit 956 to realize this bookless future isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Sure, the dreaded book report might be a thing of the past, but life seems a lot cruddier without Dickens , Tolkien , and The Devil Wears Prada . People are dull, thoughtless, and addicted to TV. The government has a creepy amount of control over the population, plumbers have replaced medics, and firemen no longer put out fires they start them.
There is a trend afoot to conveniently remember the works of authors like Ray Bradbury and Aldous Huxley as warnings against distant totalitarianism and control. But this only scratches the surface of what these books are about.
8775 Television gives you the dates of Napoleon, but not who he was, 8776 Bradbury says, summarizing TV 8767 s content with a single word that he spits out as an epithet: 8775 factoids. 8776 He says this while sitting in a room dominated by a gigantic flat-panel television broadcasting the Fox News Channel, muted, factoids crawling across the bottom of the screen.
Real empowerment and respect is to see our fellow citizens—victims and privileged, religious and agnostic, conservative and liberal—as adults. Human beings are not automatons—ruled by drives and triggers they cannot control. On the contrary, we have the ability to decide not to be offended. We have the ability to discern intent. We have the ability to separate someone else’s actions or provocation or ignorance from our own. This is the great evolution of consciousness—it’s what separates us from the animals.
As he and Millie lie in their respective twin beds, Montag finds himself unable to recall how and where they met. He asks Millie if she remembers, but she doesn t, and is not bothered by it. Montag is overcome with thoughts of his loveless, lifeless marriage and the modern technologies his wife spends her days immersed in. Montag questions her about Clarisse, who he has not seen in days, and Mildred says she had forgotten to tell him that Clarisse was struck by a car and killed four days earlier. Her family has since moved away. Montag is very upset to hear this news and can t believe Millie forgot to tell him. He falls asleep with his stolen book hidden under his pillow.
Of course, the real and fair solution is much less politically correct but effective. It’s to stop trying to protect people’s feelings. Your feelings are your problem, not mine—and vice versa.
HBO is developing a feature-length adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s famous 6958 novel Fahrenheit 956 starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, about a dystopian future where book burning is a national past time. The network’s latest casting announcement indicates what kind of world this adaptation will take place in. Spoilers: It’s ours.
Picture it: A future where books are banned and critical thinking is against the law. If you're one of those people who just can't stand school and all its pesky reading and thinking , this might sound like a pretty sweet deal.