Fahrenheit 451

I am reading Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. It is a difficult book to read. He talks a lot about things that are actually happening now. He talks about people no longer giving importance to English or language and grammar and spelling anymore, about people writing shorter and shorter things until books like Hamlet can be shortened to a single line or a single paragraph. It’s true. This books was written in the 80’s and whatever he’s written has more or less come true. Except the part where we start burning books. And of course, in his fantasy land, America is the only Country where people are well fed and the rest of the World is starving.

It’s not difficult for me to read because of the book burning. I am finding it difficult to read because of the casual Misogyny. The way his wife Mildred is described. The MPDG Clarisse. All set up so that the straight white man can have his moment. I find it difficult to read because of the arrogance of the writer that in the future America will be the only Country that will be well fed. The rest of the World starving. Okay, assuming that the 3rd World Countries are still not developed enough or have in fact devolved and are now starving, what about the other developed Countries? Europe, Australia, New Zealand? How do these people forget the other White people also? How can anyone possibly be this arrogant?

I keep telling myself that it’s just a book. There has to be a Protagonist, so it may as well be a white man. And it is a fantasy book, so we may as well imagine that all Countries except America are starving to death while America parties. Sure.

But, it leaves a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach. It’s an ugly feeling.

There is a part in the book where the main protagonist Montag talks about hate and why people hate America. Ray Bradbury, this is straight up the reason that people hate America.


1 Comment

  1. April 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Hie.. Can i please get the password to your protected posts?
    I have been thinking about asking you since a long time.. but never felt the need to ask until now.
    No issues if you couldn’t. I understand that some things are private no matter what.

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