Imagine a world where stimulating intellectual thought is illegal and books are burned. A fireman's duty is not to put out fires, but to burn books. And people have contests to remember the words of popular songs, but whoa be to anyone who attempts to spark good, meaningful conversation. After all, that causes melancholy, the antithesis of society's new purpose, to make sure everyone is happy, whether that serves any purpose or not. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury takes the idea of this "perfect world" in a book that was often banned for its "questionable themes."
Bradbury’s timeless novel about future apathy has strong resonance in today’s society. The story deals with Guy Montag, a man beset with the task of burning any books he finds. After a disturbing event he witnesses while performing his duty at an old woman’s home, he begins to question the nature of his job and why it’s seen as so important. The questioning of this logic becomes a questioning of his very self, and as he seeks the truth in the tight-lipped laws Montag begins to redefine what he believes to be right. Nothing about any of this should sound unfamiliar in this day and age.