Study Guide

Fahrenheit 451 Tough-o-Meter

By Ray Bradbury

Tough-o-Meter

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As a book that celebrates reading, literacy, and the importance of the written word, Fahrenheit 451 is an accessible read. It would be pretty ironic if Bradbury went all postmodern and difficult on us, seeing as how this story is a kind of call to arms—or better, a call to books. Sure, it's got drugs, war, and a whole heapin' helpin' of arson, but this is ultimately a story about the pleasures and necessity, of reading. So dive in and enjoy! (Just be careful not to read too close to any candles.)