Fahrenheit 451 By: Ray Bradbury Jeremy Rachlin Mr. Johnston October 3, 2019 Honors Civics Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is about a "utopian society" that turned into a dystopia. In
Rachlin 1 all cases of society attempting to be a utopia the result turns straight to a dystopia. Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates what can happen when a nation tries to become "perfect" and what a totalitarian government can be. The totalitarian government in this novel would stop at nothing to keep their citizens unaware of knowledge, some measures that were taken were things such as robotic dogs and burning books and other forms of achieving education. The type of government in this novel is a totalitarian dictatorship. If one being that is living under this government becomes enlightened and educated, they are rejected by the government and even society. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is about the main character Guy Montag, a firefighter in his city, but he wasn't just a regular type of firefighter. In this society instead of putting out fires the firefighters would burn things. After meeting his neighbor a girl named Clarisse, Montag begins to think about the way he lives. One day at work he sees a woman dying and notices that she has books with her, he then steals a book and begins to read it. Montag is ordered by his boss to burn down his own house after finding out about Montag's reading, Montag not only burns his house down but also burns his boss and then escapes to the river on the edge of the city. He then meets some other intellectual people that were leaving the city as well. Montag survives an atomic bomb that was dropped on the town, and along with the other intellectuals, he has a chance to create his type of society.