Guy Montag is a firefighter in a dystopian society set in the distant future. However he does not put out fires, he starts them. Fahrenheit 451, in which Guy Montag is the protagonist, was written by Ray Bradbury and was published in 1953.
The government has people like Montag burn books because the government deems them dangerous for giving their readers knowledge. The government believes that the knowledge gained from books could cause some citizens to rebel against them.
In Fahrenheit 451’s apocalyptic future, Ray Bradbury shows us how the use of pharmaceutical drugs almost entirely governs the citizens. The people in this book live monotonous lives because of their constant consumption of short television programs which stop them from envisioning any change in society.
One thing to consider when reading Fahrenheit 451 is how it compares to the modern day world. The citizens of Fahrenheit 451 consume short television programs and are entirely reliant on pharmaceutical drugs. This is eerily similar to modern day with pharmaceutical drugs becoming more powerful and commonly used.
As for the television programs, we can clearly see the similarities between modern day and Fahrenheit 451. As time passes, we see more and more entertainment options, and because of this, the use of books, and other things like them, slowly decreases eventually leading to a world similar to that of Fahrenheit 451.
In Fahrenheit 451 we learn that Montag has been hiding several of the books he was supposed to burn. In response, the other firefighters come to his house and burn the books. Causing Montag to flee out of the city.
I enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 for its incredible world and writing. I would encourage everyone to read Fahrenheit 451 for both the reasons just mentioned, and its similarities to the modern day.