Personal Freedom vs Intellectual Holocaust In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s desire for personal freedom constantly conflicts with the ongoing intellectual holocaust. During this era, society discourages the opportunity to think independently because they live under the impression that “not everyone [is] born free and equal, as the constitution says, but made equal” (Bradbury 146) Many technological advancements evolve to occupy everyone and society enforces many rules to ensure that everyone lives equally. However, Montag meets Clarisse, who exposes him to her extroverted lifestyle and encouraged him to question his lifestyle.
However, people fear showing their unique characteristics because they do not want to deviate from the norms of society. Clarisse and Mildred exemplify the effects of conformity. Clarisse’s curiosity and awareness of the world demonstrates the benefits of not conforming to a society that hides the truth from its citizens. Mildred’s ignorance and reliance on technological gadgets is just to cover the realities of her meaningless life. Clarisse’s death represents the intolerance of nonconformity.
Dee showed no true emotion to her family, as if they were not related. She was only worried about things that made her happy and did not care what bridges she burned receiving that happiness. Alice Walker used a great deal of dialogue and intriguing diction to show how complex Dee’s personality
(AGG) Many people believe that money will buy you happiness, but no matter how much money you spend, you will never get the true happiness you receive from people. (BS-1) The characters in the novel Fahrenheit 451 focus on looks and value their possessions. (BS-2) Becoming materialistic has many effects towards people. (BS-3)
However, that is not normal in the world they live in. Clarisse questions Montag’s happiness which displays a reflection of Montag’s character and life. He then realizes how upsetting life really is and begins to change it by reading and going against the current. Granger makes a point to open a mirror factory after the end of the world. Granger says,
Society Changes People Society can change people positively or negatively. In the novel, Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Mildred is the wife of the main character, Guy Montag. First, we realize that Mildred is self-centered because she only thinks about her own benefits. She does not care about anyone but her fake family.
The opposition of technology in Fahrenheit 451 discourages the technological advancement of the modern world, resists the advantages of innovation, and scrutinizes the younger generation’s interest in technological advances. Bradbury implies in Fahrenheit 451 that the advancements of technology in the modern world will only lead to our downfall. The resistance of innovation is clearly seen throughout Fahrenheit 451 by the blatant referencing of television taking away the need for human interaction, fireproof housing leading to the burning of books, and faster cars pointing to irresponsibility. Bradbury implies that the progression in technology will only lead the next generation into an ignorant stupor.
Vonnegut and Bradbury’s warning against the dangers of conformity and equality from their stories is that these substantives lead to the loss of individuality, making the government too powerful. Conformity and total equality in both stories show one of the drawbacks to dystopian societies—citizens can’t live their lives freely and individually. Without individual thoughts and opinions, humans are not their unique selves. In Harrison Bergeron, George was daydreaming on the couch when, “He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail, about Harrison, but a twenty-one-gun salute in his
How 'd you like not to talk to anybody?" (Pg 87 ). Steinbeck reveals how Curley 's wife is being isolated in this quote by her acknowledging how lonely she is and how she can not talk to anybody but Curley and if she were he would get mad at not only her but whoever she
In the end, this only causes harm to people and their lives. Banning books is one of the most horrible ways of legal control over others and should never be allowed
‘I did’ ‘William!’ said the teacher.” The children are jealous of Margot since she saw the sun and they didn’t. Their “solution” to their problem was to ignore whatever she had to say and to bully her. Since the children are jealous of Margot they portray such bad attributes towards Margot.
Who has time to read, or wants to? Mildred his wife is hung up on the idea of technology but bradbury always presents technology as A godawful thing. What is the technology that he talked about in the book and how does
A dystopian society is a dysfunctional society that is marketed to its citizens as a utopian society. It includes elements such as a lack/ downplay of religion or one government sanctioned religion that everyone must follow. The government either uses force and or fear to control its population. There is a suppression of freedom of speech and a suppression of intellectualism. In this society, there is a protagonist who rebels against the status quo.
Independence in Words Without the presence of words and books, one loses the ability to be independent, like most characters in Fahrenheit 451. The main character, Guy Montag, does not wish to be like everyone else; he wants to have the ability to consider things for himself. With all of the brand-new technology and the disappearance of books, he believes this is no longer possible. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the presence of technology in society are used to prove the importance of reading, independence, and thinking for oneself.