Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was an interesting Science fiction thriller that provided an
odd view on the censorship of books. Not just some books, but all books. An entire distorted
culture and civilization where all books are prohibited. And the penalty for being caught with
books is that the books must be burned and in some cases the penalty may lead to death. In this
tale of censorship and self discovery, Bradbury leads the reader through a short period in the
life of the protagonist, Guy Montag. A firefighter struggling with his conscience to determine if
a society without books is right. Fahrenheit 451 has an entertaining theme and plot and a well
paced story line. This book combines catchy description and well thought out characters to put
together a gripping story that keeps the readers attention. It is interesting to see how a once
controversial topic could create such a dystopia in one place.
Fahrenheit 451 had many examples of good writing techniques that made it a good novel.
One technique that Bradbury did a good job of using was description. He described things
specifically using outstanding similes and personifications. One example is how he mentioned
the fire hose. He called it 'the great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world.'
(Bradbury 3) This made the reader not only visualize the hose but get a feel for the mood about
the firemen at that time. Another example of good description is how he described the physical
appearance of the firemen. 'Their charcoal hair and their soot-colored brows and their
bluish-ash-smeared cheeks where they had shaven close.' (32) The adjectives charcoal and
soot-colored describe the color of their hair but also are words that relate to their job as a
fireman. Finally, an excellent example of Bradbury's descriptive...