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Ray Douglas Bradbury Essay

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"I don't need to be vindicated, and I don't want attention. I never question. I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count." were the words of a man who seeked to be immortalized by his works of writing (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1). Ray Douglas Bradbury a native of Waukegan, Illinois grew up happy and desired to be a writer at the age of 12. He wrote one of his most famous works Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 and it was acclaimed almost instantly as an American Classic (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1). Bradbury’s science fiction has turned into an eerie reality with today’s society paralleling it’s entertainment centered culture.
Although he was born and lived a few years in Waukegan, his family ...view middle of the document...

Most of his work is social commentary upon things that were happening in the society in which it was written (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1).
Fahrenheit 451 is a prime example of his niche in social commentary. Many of the modern luxuries available today were not available in the 1950’s. Those luxuries that Bradbury paints in the book with striking accuracy are part of an entertainment centered culture. The 1950’s were however a time of innovation and the availability of affordable home appliances that helped to make life easier and more entertaining. Power Steering in automobiles, for example, made it easier and safer to drive cars, oral contraceptives made it easier to have safer and more casual sex with less risk for pregnancy. The color television was made available to the general public as its cost dropped dramatically (Bellis 1, Gonzalez 1). Along with technological innovations came ideological movements such as feminism and the beginnings of the civil rights. Also central to the 1950’s were the issues of censorship and conformity that McCarthyism and the HUAC hearings brought about. The Novel highlights these issues throughout through the plot line and symbolism (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1).
The storyline centers upon the main character and protagonist Guy Montag whose career
is a firefighter in an dystopian future in which firefighters start fires by burning books. He soons begin to see the dull reality of...

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