Montag is the protagonist that lives in the futuristic world, and is a firefighter that burns down books. He later begins to question his society and his life after his interaction with a 17 year old girl named Clarisse, who later dies and ends up leaving Montag. Montag’s wife, Mildred, who is very shallow and completely immersed in an electronic world and grows further away with Montag with every electronic gadget in her house, distracts her from her real feelings and leads her to an attempted suicide from a drug overdose. She never has full on conversations with her husband or shows him affection and attention. She never listens to what he has to say and is always distracted by talking to the walls, which are talking tv’s.
She loves her TV’s, in fact, she already has three of them. On page 18, Mildred asks Montag for a fourth TV. She states, “How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in? It’s only two thousand dollars.” To which Montag responds, “That’s one-third of my yearly pay.”
Mildred cares more for the price for the TV than she cares for Montag. “‘It’s really fun. It be even more fun when we can afford to have a fourth wall installed. How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall- TV put in/ It is only two thousand-dollars.’ ‘It’s one-third of my yearly pay’” (18).
The book Fahrenheit 541 is by Ray Bradbury. This book is set in the 24th century, it introduces the new world in which control of masses of media and censorship. This is a dystopian novel. The world today has more benefits than they did in this book. I don’t think that it is accurate to our world because the people, the way we treat books, and the technology are completely different between our 2 worlds.
The 1950s was not only a time of a growing threat of communism and the fear of nuclear war, but it was also a time of increasing satisfaction in the latest consumer product: the television. TVs captivated the American public to the point where books were being forgotten about. Though books were still being bought and sold, some never made it to the shelf because of the growing amount of government censorship. The government not only censored books, but they also censored movies, content on radios, and other creative works. This censorship controlled what the American public read, watched, and heard, which in turn limited the information available to the public. Ray Bradbury, an author of this era, wrote one of his most famous books, Fahrenheit 451, inspired by the new technology and government corruption in the 1950s. Through Bradbury’s use of effective character development and symbolism, he is able to illustrate the problems of government censorship and technology in his futuristic dystopia in his novel Fahrenheit 451.
(STEWE-2) Besides asking questions about society’s relationships, Montag questions further and starts asking about society’s rules on burning books after he experiences a woman burn with her books. He says to Mildred, “'There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.'" (Bradbury 48). Montag, before, had blindly followed and enforced society’s rules about burning books.
That 's my family... Will you turn it off for a sick man?.. I 'll turn it down”(pg52). She cares more about the parlor walls then the well being of her own husband prioritizing the parlor walls over him. As do the parlor walls seem near essential for her happiness.
Joseph Brodsky once said, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” In an interview concerning his science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury echoed these words because his novel displays such a crime. Although Fahrenheit 451 classifies as fiction, the book points out several problems that now take on the body of reality. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 exhibits how technology possesses the capability of affecting people negatively through the characters’ actions and the story’s made-up creations.
Matthew Nodder ENG 3UC Mr. Hokstad May 2, 2017 Essay Rough Copy Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a dystopian society where knowledge and critical thinking is considered to be different. The novel revolves around the main character, Guy Montag, referred to as Montag throughout the novel. Montag is a firemen, which means that in his society he starts fires rather than puting them out. A ban was put on books by society the people because they were seen to create a form of inequality, and contained controversial content. This was replaced by modernized technologies such as wall televisions.
The technology is able to dictate her thoughts enforcing its version of the truth. This leads to the captivity of her mind. This idea of captivity and the power of technology is further developede by the death of Montag. The death of Montag exhibits that technology is a tool used for the control of the human mind. With the civilians of the Fahrenheit 451 watching the death of Montage, they are easily controlled because the consequence of thinking for themselves could be deadly.
Missed Connections By making references from Fahrenheit 451 I can infer that because of censorship and technology people no other. Technology is used to distract and entertain the people therefore they are happier watching or listen to their technology than the outside world. The loss of human connection leads to being unsympathetic. To start, in Fahrenheit 451, it's obvious that society has no emotional or personal connection to anyone. Married couples don't even have any chemistry, “ ‘Will you bring me aspirin and water?’
Ray Bradbury 's novel Fahrenheit 451 delineates a society where books and quality information are censored while useless media is consumed daily by the citizens. Through the use of the character Mildred as a foil to contrast the distinct coming of age journey of the protagonist Guy Montag, Bradbury highlights the dangers of ignorance in a totalitarian society as well as the importance of critical thinking. From the beginning of the story, the author automatically epitomizes Mildred as a direct embodiment of the rest of the society: she overdoses, consumes a vast amount of mindless television, and is oblivious to the despotic and manipulative government. Bradbury utilizes Mildred as a symbol of ignorance to emphasize how a population will be devoid of the ability to think critically while living in a totalitarian society. Before Montag meets Clarisse, he is
Ray Bradbury’s novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’ warns of the dangers of technology and blind obedience through the character of Mildred Montag amongst others. Although Mildred is a minor character throughout the text, her image as the poster girl of the dystopian vision of the future Bradbury had created highlights that in a society where technology is all-powerful and all-consuming, true happiness is seldom found. Bradbury depicts characters who have an awareness of life outside of technology to be genuinely happier and more sincere, whereas those who have conformed to mores of society are consequently dissatisfied with life. Ultimately, it is Montag’s realisation that there is more to life than shallow conversations and parlour walls, and the happiness