Connections between the novel, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, and the article, “Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy” written by the Scientific American, can help readers understand the critical effect of literature on improving emotional intelligence, which can be defined as “the capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling”. Clarisse, who seems to read, as she is quite intelligent and knowledgeable, thinks “being with people is nice”. She enjoys “talking about how strange the world is”, or “[asking] questions”, rather than “[bullying] people” and “[wrecking] cars” like the large majority of children her age. The article from the Scientific American says since fiction “focuses more on the psychology of characters and their relationships”, readers are forced to “fill in the gaps to understand their intentions and motivations”. When readers are continually attempting to uncover the motives of complicated individuals, this knowledge can “carry over to the real world”, which creates more thoughtful and empathetic individuals in today’s society. The importance of reading on not just one’s intelligence, but compassion, can not be stressed enough as technology becomes the outline of all people’s everyday lives.