Essay about Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"
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Imagine a society in which technology is so advanced that printed material is no longer necessary nor is it desired. The citizens sit in their parlors surrounded by television screens which consume their walls and constantly blare noise so stifling that one cannot even remember the plot of the show. Before bed, they plug their ears with “seashell” earphones which spew out even more clamor. In the mornings, they drive to work at 100 mph and occupy their time throughout the day with insignificant activities to the point where they cannot entertain their minds with anything meaningful. Above all, the people of this society shun books and remain ignorant about their history and anything beyond their lifestyles. This is the society which Ray…show more content…
Because the imaginary components of science fiction can be rationalized by potential scientific explanations, there are elements of non-fiction within this genre too. This combination of both fiction and non-fiction is well-suited for Bradbury’s purposes because although his book discusses a future society, it also mentions a great deal about how the world currently is and how it was to some degree when he wrote it in the fifties. We might not have wall-sized television screens, remove intellectual thought from all our activities, or completely erase books from our lives, but the road we are headed presages that this could eventually occur. Already television sizes are escalating to 103 inches and in comparison to television and the internet, books are definitely not as popular (PhysOrg.com - Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, Medicine). Bradbury does not want our society to head down the same road as the one in Fahrenheit 451. He believes one of the best ways of preventing this is to always remember our history because then we can avoid repeating past errors. Hence the purpose of books which is to carry history in written form. Also, he stresses the importance of freedom of speech because if people are not allowed to voice their opinions and ask questions, there is no purpose of independent thought. Without independent thought, our minds are effortlessly molded into whatever others want it
Show More1984 vs. Fahrenheit 451 “Do you begin to see, then what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias…” (Orwell 267). 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are both dystopias, although in each society, the government tells the citizens that it is a utopia. A dystopia is, “An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression or terror” (“dystopia”). On the other hand, a utopia is described as, “An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects” (“utopia”). There are many similarities between the society in 1984 and the society in Fahrenheit 451, as well as many differences. The most obvious characteristics of a…show more content…
The citizens in Fahrenheit 451 aren’t allowed to think for themselves either. Beatty says to Montag, “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none” (Bradbury 61). Beatty is saying to just make all the decisions for the people that way everyone will be happy because they don’t know how much better life could be. The society has all of the decisions made for them by the government. Another major characteristic of dystopias is that an object or concept is worshiped (Wright). Big Brother is the leader of the Party in 1984’s society, and in order to remain alive and sane one must respect and love him at all costs. O’Brian tells Winston, “The time has come for you to love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him; you must love him” (Orwell 282). Everyone is capable of obeying someone, but it is much harder to love someone. In order to get Winston to love Big Brother, he is tormented with his worst fear just so that he can love an inanimate object. Fahrenheit 451 has the same concept. The people need the government. Faber tells Montag about the legend of Hercules and Antaeus. He says, “If there isn’t something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane” (Bradbury 83). Faber was correct; there was something in that legend for the society. Without the government