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Fahrenheit Revised Essay

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In his novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953, Ballantine Books, Los Angeles), Ray Bradbury asserts that although today’s technological advances have not caught up with the technology in the story, there is a hazard present that society may end up overly relying on technology at the cost of intellectual development verses the usage of books.

Fahrenheit 451 was written nearly fifty years ago but the setting for the book is supposed to be in the future which corresponds to present day censorship. The book portrays a dystopic society where the people are brainwashed through simple entertainment such as television and media. Books, courses of literature and science are abolished in this dystopia ...view middle of the document...

Bradbury uses the strategy of shaping the characters to his/her role. For example, his thought of "not happy" begins with his daily life with his wife because of the TV walls. Montag is depressed when Mildred says that the parlour wall “is her family” (Bradbury 49). She doesn’t even turn off the TV walls even though Montag is sick. The zombie-like state that is taking over the society in the story is a believable situation because in present society, much of our time is spent in front of the television. From cartoons to sports to soap operas, television has something for everybody and this may well be the reason for its useless presence in our society. Bradbury, in this story, makes television a big contributor to the deterioration of the society because fifty years ago when the book was published, he foresaw the impact that television was going to make on the future society. There is also a lot of violence shown on television and it has progressed to the state where the actions of society reflect the violence.

In the story, Clarisse is the only character who sees the destruction taking action around her and she is the one who points these observations out to Montag. Through Clarisse, Montag realizes that everyone is “either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another” (Bradbury 30). Clarisse asks Montag, “Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?” (30) and this brings him to question the values and morals of the society he is living in. To emphasize the amount of violence that breeds in this dystopia society, Bradbury uses exaggeration. The exaggeration is so strong that he makes the society release stress and also have fun through violence. Clarisse describes this society by saying, “they run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball” (30).

In today’s society violence is evident. One main example of violence today’s society are school shootings. During the 1960s, shootings were unheard of but now they are occurring all over the US . It is sad to see that our society has become so vulnerable towards violence that even a teenager can commit murder, let alone think about it. Ray Bradbury writes about how a bunch of children “from twelve to sixteen, out whistling, yelling, hurrahing, had seen a man, a very extraordinary sight, a man strolling, a rarity, and simply said, ‘Let's get him’, not knowing he was a fugitive Mr. Montag, simply a number of children out for a long night of roaring five or six hundred miles in a few moonlit hours, their faces icy with wind, and coming home or not coming at dawn, alive or not alive, that made the adventure” (Bradbury 128). This event startled Montag. Textual strategy is...

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