2). Therefore, dystopia gives the illusion of a highly moral and perfect society that could exist in real life which is a feature of speculative fictional writing. According to P.L. Thomas’ book Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Challenging Genres (2013), speculative fiction is a fiction that “deals all too often with a dark future that is looked upon as both a representation of current society and as a lived possibility” (Thomas 108). Moreover, speculative fiction was defined in comparison to science fiction which is “a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative frame- work alternative to the author’s empirical environment”.
“When someone truly cares about you, they give effort, not an excuse”~Zig Ziglar. Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, has a theme of relationships decaying because of technology. The protagonist, montag and his wife mildred slowly grow apart throughout the book because of technology. As mildred becomes more and more obsessed with technology, motag strives to keep their relationship alive. Only to find that Mildred will not put forth the same amount of effort instead she gives excuses.
How would novels stand out or give a visual understanding if imagery never existed? Imagery sets an ideal representation to imagine words as a scene while reading a novel or script. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, imagery is established multiple times, which allows events to be seen more significantly, identifies points of views differently, and demonstrates settings with more detail. Many events in the novel have been issued ironically, which shows significance due to imagery. Bradbury makes numerous events appear to have value because of the structure and demonstrates fire as a harmful source.
A leading 19th century psychologist named William James stated this about propaganda: "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it”. Propaganda is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. This is evident in the televised premature ending of the Montag’s chase and in the symbolism of 451 by the government in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. However, in our world propaganda has been used to unite a country through targeted mass persuasion. This is seen in two classic U.S propaganda posters that encourage U.S citizens to join the army: “I want you”(index 1) and “Remember Dec. 7th” (index 2).
In Fahrenheit 451, the concept of family in Montag’s society resembles and differs from certain aspects of the family norm in our own society. Montag’s society sees love as something that can be replaced in a matter of moments, or that love can be taken as easily as it is given. Marriage in this society is not treated as something valuable, but as something that is temporary and easily changed. The way Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles talk about their husbands and their children makes it obvious that both of their households are broken and without love. One of Mrs. Phelps’s previous husbands had killed himself, and she was able to move on within a week.
The Symbols of History and Society: A Glimpse of Fahrenheit 451 In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, he uses the characters as symbols throughout the novel. An accurate representation of anti-socialism is the character Mildred. The Martyr, who is the past. The other character used is Clarisse McClellan; she is the one to make you think, to give you a start. Ray’s purpose in using these characters is as a symbol for the main character, Guy Montag.
According to Linda Hutcheon, metafiction abuses the fixed notions and conventions of both realism and modernism by turning to itself and to history. Such a narrative is “contextual and self-reflexive, ever aware of its status as discourse, as a human construct” (A Poetics 53). A major feature of metafiction is its critical and renewing reflection of its own devices and practices. It aims “simultaneously to create a fiction and to make a statement about the creation of that fiction,” and this practice brings the traditionally distinct modes of literary creation and criticism together (Waugh 6). It functions implicitly or explicitly as a theory of fiction, usually in a self-conscious way.
In 1953 American author, Ray Bradbury, published the novel Fahrenheit 451. Toying with his own technological fantasies, the idea of a negative future, and a sea of outlandish characters, he sees ahead of his time. Bradbury writes about a technologically driven, dystopian society. However, reflecting on the novel, the relevance and similarities between Bradbury’s world and ours become very plain to see. With that, the warnings and morals imbedded in the text are some that should be examined and noted.
When Rachel moves from the fantasy of masturbation to the action, she resists her desire and feels as though she needs to justify her need for pleasure and also for the escape. Rachel’s gap is much evident in the novel where she wants a different way to exist in the world. When the novel opens, she sees her deep potential to become a bordering figure. “… Stupid thought. Morbid I mustn’t give houseroom in my skull to that sort of thing.
This is modern in the sense that a woman’s will was not as important as a man’s in Victorian England, and Margaret expressing what she believes is rather unusual. Later in the novel, John Thornton makes a similar proposal to Margaret, and once again, she refuses. At the time Thornton proposes to her, she hasn’t realised that she has feelings for him, and she still despises him. She stays true to what she believes. At the end of the novel, Margaret and Thornton realise that they both have feelings for each other, and thus get engaged.
Fahrenheit 451 had many different pairs of characters that had many different thoughts about certain things in life. Mildred, Montag 's wife, was very negative and only cared about herself, but Clarisse cared about other people than herself and had a positive view on the outside world. Beatty thinks that books will cause the world to end, but Montag thinks that they won 't and can help teach the world many different things. Faber and the Lost Gang both wanted to make people think that books are good again, but had two different ways of doing that.. In the book, Fahrenheit 451, there were three pairs of characters who were very different from each other and represented something or somebody in a society.
Changing Montag In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Montag, learns and develops throughout the story. Montag morals change from the beginning and the way he thinks and acts change. In this novel there is a couple of characters who try and stop Montag and theirs characters who help Montag to become the person he became at the end. Montag went from a depressed normal person, to a hero to believe in meaning. In the beginning, Montag was not always a hero.
Therefore, if a text were to be chosen that encapsulates real world application and relevance in a modern society, that obvious choice is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. At its inception midway through the 20th century, the novel was speculative fiction dealing in “what if” and “if only.” However, the world around us has developed in such a way to mirror the world Bradbury created. A supposed intent of the author in writing the text was to provide a warning, to prevent the real world from becoming like the one he created. If the focus of instruction for the novel is rooted in cultural relevance and real world application, then teaching Fahrenheit must first begin with
As Beers states as “literature evolved, stereotypes began to fade”, than why not change with the times (2005 71). Those that are arguing media is affecting adolescents reading and writing performance negatively have not adjusted to the times themselves. Growing up technology was not seen as the god it is today, it was something to be skeptical of. As a student, I found it wonderful to come home from school and learn from the programs on TV the lessons I was being taught in school. In 2015, it is unnatural to not consult the all and powerful Google before spewing out answers found on the web.