November 30, 2010


Another one of mine :) I wrote it sophomore year for my honors english class. It was a reallllllly long paper, so I only uploaded the introductory paragraphs. I still think this is probably some of my best writing :) I really like this! Don't hate.

A fire is enthralling, blazing, and mesmerizing. Novels too, are passionate flames that when interpreted with imagination will scorch and stretch the mind. Good novels, as defined by the literary canon, are universal, contain contemporary significance, and are undeniably inexhaustible. They must be ongoing, growing, and feeding on the human core, as a flame does to pages. They ought to be enticing and red hot. To be eligible for canonization, a book must allure the senses and leave all recollection of reality in the ashes.

Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, a tale of book censorship, does justice to these demands. It tells of Guy Montag, a middle aged fireman, whose job it is to burn books, as they are all banned in this dystopian society. He meets a teenage girl, Clarisse, who teaches him of a time when people were truly happy and firemen were protectors. Inspired by her words, Montag rebels against the tyrannical government and begins reading. This illegal action leads him on an adventure of realization, hope, and faith in the human race. Destination? The danger and loneliness of education and brilliance. Considered a terrorist, Montag must escape this horrific reality he’s devoted his life to and fight for the freedom to read. Fahrenheit 451 ought to be included in the literary canon when considering its universal relativity in promoting independent thought, contemporary ideals in points of technology, censorship, and violence, and its ability to captivate a reader with an inexhaustible nature.

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