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Ray Bradbury Essay

658 words - 3 pages

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture;
Just get people to stop reading them”

Ray Bradbury proved his point in his 1953 in his book, titled Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury's masterpiece, and his most well-known work. The book’s plot covers a fiery decree of censorship, set in a future world, where any sort of written literature is forbidden. Groups of rebels, in an attempt to save the history and culture of the “nation,” go forth in the task of memorizing entire books and philosophies, before what is left of written word is all burned by the totalitarian state of the time. Bradbury was a legendary sci-fi writer, whose books, poems, and other creative feats were translated into more than 40 languages. His works of literary art have sold tens of millions of copies around the world. Although he dreamed up of incredibly imaginative worlds, filled with futuristic ...view middle of the document...

That same year, he gave up his newspaper job and became a full-time writer, and thankfully for this man, he didn’t switch careers. He kept writing, and writing, and writing… from novels to short stories to plays to poems, Bradbury enjoyed his job. In all, Bradbury has published over thirty books, almost 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum "recommended reading" anthologies. Besides the short stories, Bradbury novels include Fahrenheit 451, which describes a future society in which books are forbidden. Another novel, Dandelion Wine, had a crater on the Moon named after it. The Martian Chronicles are also a very popular book of his.
Upon Mr. Bradbury’s 80th birthday (August of 2000), Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along." That sounds like a very joyful life to me. Ray Bradbury died on June 6, 2012, at the age of 91, in Los Angeles, California.
Mister Bradbury’s primary topic of concern is how human values and ethics will survive as the world changes into a more technological, impersonal, and unintelligent culture. He certainly had a good thought on the future, because back in the 50’s when he writes all of this, the topic holds true today. With the massive amount of interconnected communication, the concept and idea of relationships and loyalty are very loose, undefined, and constantly being manipulated. His technology he references in his books, specifically Fahrenheit 451, is unsettlingly similar to the current technology of the day. Thankfully though, we still have books, and though I don’t read much of them, I have come to appreciate the knowledge, history, and creativity in each page of good literary work.

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