Book Critique – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
As part of the module we were to present and write a book critique of our choice that related to the module in some way. We were to analyse issues raised in the book from an ethical point of view using ethical Approaches such as Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics and Consequential. The book I choose was Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It is set in the twenty-fourth century. This book introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population. Some issues raised in the book were censorship, knowledge vs ignorance and technology and its influence. Much of what is depicted in Fahrenheit 451 has come true or at least has come close to coming true in modern society. The most important aspect of reading books such as these is to realize the importance of being aware of implications of excessive censorship and the possibility of technology allowing society to slip far away from actually being social.