Monday, May 11, 2009

Fahrenheit 451

I just re-read this novel in light of the passage of the CPSIA. But it's more than that. Congress and Obama are churning out so many oppressive, big brother rules and laws that it makes Ray Bradbury look like a prophet.

I don't want to write a complete overview or review of this novel because it is used by many high school English Lit classes. I have seen one too many teenagers write their papers with the good old "copy and paste" method. Suffice to say Bradbury accurately describes Big Brother censoring and controlling the media and in turn daily life. The conflict Guy Montag faced between the desire for freedom and knowledge versus obeying the law is something we are all facing now.

As an example, the CPSIA takes too much control (crushing regulations) over businesses that want to obey the law. It's either obey the law or go out of business. There are so many federal regulations and laws now that it is nearly impossible to obey the law and still live a free life. You are probably breaking a law right now and not even know it.

Anyway, it may take someone like Guy Montag to break the chains and fight (or run) for freedom. This book should be on your bookshelf.

Book Rating: 5 Stars


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