Farhrenheit 451: An Examination Of Right Vs Wrong

1067 words - 5 pages

Fahrenheit 451: An Examination of Right Vs Wrong

Carly Johnson
6th period
12/10/08

In the world of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, society leads an existence without emotion or thought. It Is without these crucial parts of life that the people's perception of right, wrong, and truth is compromised.

The world that they live in generates every emotion or deep thought for them. Books are banned for fear of thought surrounds them, and people literally live in a house of television walls. These thought stifling mechanisms create casual attitudes on substantial human dilemmas such as death. This is shown in the beginning of the book upon Mildred's sudden suicide attempt, the men sent ...view middle of the document...

Everyone is so far away from their own selves they don't find it with in them to question authority or rules, no matter how wrong they seem. "The mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the fire house" The hound was a deadly tool used for the entertainment of men in the firehouse. Nobody questioned it, Everyone just hoped that it was not set on them. It was things like the mechanical hound that kept the men both entertained and with security knowing that anytime they could use this hound as a weapon or hunting tool. The media in their world uses cheap violent images to entertain such as “ three white clowns chopped off each other’s limbs to the accompaniment of immense incoming tides of laughter” In their world, there is much entertainment to be had from such activity. What they don't always gather is the truth behind their actions, the truth behind the mechanical hound was inhumanity and awful human desire. The truth behind the white clowns was frivolous violence. None of the men ever choose to realize this because the truth, like the difference between right and wrong, is something else that will be eternally irrelevant in their society.

The truth is something that was undoubtedly not spoken or even thought about in Ray Bradburys world . Nobody wondered why books were burned, Mildred even claims "books are not real" Montag starts out the novel with the same type of thinking. It is when Farber talks to Montag where his thinking is changed "So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, pore less, hairless, expressionless" (pg. 83) It is that sentence that separates books from the Parlor walls, " i can not argue with a symphony orchestra, full color, three dimensions" Farber is proving books to be different then television because Books...

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