Fahrenheit 451 a dystopian novel full of social commentary and so much more, comparing reality in a commentary to our real problems as a society. In every example presented in this essay a clear picture of a dystopian society is painted. From Fahrenheit 451 to District 9 every author revealed major characteristics that all dystopian societies have. I main set of characteristics were common in every example which was propaganda and corruption which would lead to abuse of power. These types of books and films allows us to experience a society which is degrading and unfair and allow us to appreciate the still messed up society we live in now.
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The well-known dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451 is brimming with social commentary, every paragraph and sentence are constantly building towards yet another criticism of the world and society Ray Bradbury has built. The situations he faced growing up in the 1920’s all influenced the construction of the story in the pages of Fahrenheit 451. He heard the shocking news of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis burning books in Berlin (NEOTA). Moreover, he realized libraries around him banned certain books due to their controversy (NEOTA). These events occurred in the world as a method of censorship, consequently this provoked Bradbury to fill his book with indirect social commentary about the alarming consequences of allowing to censorship become too extreme.
Fahrenheit 451 is a book about a dystopia where everyone agrees on everything and never question what happens around them. Ray Bradbury the author of the book has an excellent background and the origin of the story and why in particular did he choose this subject. Bradbury adds alienation into his story to give a visual representation of how outcast are treated and how the government will hide the truth. “He imagined thousands on thousands of faces peering into yards, into alleys, and into the sky, faces hid by curtains, pale, night-frightened faces.” represents how some people hid for safety (Fahrenheit 451).
In Fahrenheit 451, social commentary is also widely used all throughout the book. It's easily picked out during the uses on censorship, which is part of the book’s meaning/lesson. Censorship on books is so heavy present that there are “firemen” that go into houses and steal and burn books. The government hires them to help destroy all books to censor the society and help them stay isolated. The government fears that the books will make the citizens aware, in a psychological way and individual way.
Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games are both examples of titles that are included in the dystopian genre. This genre includes a futuristic society where government has supreme control and gives citizens the illusion that they have a perfect society. Firstly, both Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games have a society where they are kept away from information, independent thought is discouraged, and freedom is restricted. Also, they both have a society where the general public is constantly paranoid that they are under surveillance. Lastly, both societies dehumanize those living in it.
In today’s society, we are often encouraged to read; to be social and to stop looking at our phones and computer screens 24/7. And all of this is because we don’t read enough and we act as if texting and going on Facebook is being social when we are actually just staring at a screen. This is precisely what Ray Bradbury wanted to criticize when he wrote Fahrenheit 451. He fictionalized a dystopian society where everything is a big contrast from ours: firemen burn books instead of putting out fires, the word “intellectual” is a swear word, a bad character trait; and staying with your TV “family” is considered social. In this society, we witness Guy Montag’s lifestyle shift from a fireman who burns books to a critical thinker and a rebel.
Dystopian novels are perfect in showing society’s decline in humanity, by showing the ways a “perfect” life could be destructive to our human nature. Fahrenheit 451 shows how monstrous society can be if we try to be perfect at the cost of our humanity. And we are heading down that path. Though, there are many similarities and differences between today's society and Fahrenheit 451’s, there are some that we should really take into consideration.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a uniquely shocking and provocative novel about a dystopian society set in a future where reading is outlawed, thinking is considered a sin, technology is at its prime, and human interaction is scarce. Through his main protagonist, Guy Montag, Bradbury brings attention to the dangers of a controlled society, and the problems that can arise from censorship. As a fireman, it is Guy's job to destroy books, and start fires rather than put them out. After meeting a series of unusual characters, a spark is ignited in Montag and he develops a desire for knowledge and a want to protect the books. Bradbury's novel teaches its readers how too much censorship and control can lead to further damage and the repetition of history’s mistakes through the use of symbolism, imagery, and motif.
The novel exploits human desire for the now and the easy, critiques human dependency on technology and the media, and shows the effects of extreme government control. This causes the reader to examine their actions from a different perspective. Fahrenheit 451 was also written to show the importance of knowledge. It causes the reader to think of valuable questions about the need for the information located in books. Ultimately, knowledge is power.
Though the technologies and entertainment sources of a dystopian society and modern American society appear different, there impact on the human experience and the individual’s struggle within society remains the same. In the novels Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Matched by Allie Condie the governments have become corrupted and changed the way
Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, presents a society in which humans suffer from depression, fear, and loss of empathy which are the result of censorship of free thought and knowledge. Humans suffer from loss of empathy due to their lack of human interaction. People live in fear of the government as the dystopian society deprives the people of knowledge. Depression is evidenced by suicidal tendencies caused by hollow lives. Bradbury uses the loss of empathy in order to demonstrate the effects that censorship of free thought and knowledge have upon the individual and society.
The dystopian society in “Fahrenheit 451” is known for destroying books to destroy the history and truth behind them as well because it can spark revolutions amongst people. The society also does this because they think it promotes more equality and less destruction. Another reason that this allusion is important to “Fahrenheit 451” is because it can be compared to characters in the story. This specific importance gives insight to the book. A very prominent example would be of Clarisse McClellan.
Ever since the beginning of time humans have made interpretations of how the world will appear and function in the future. Sometimes these interpretations can be correct, but can also be very incorrect at the same time. The period of time in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is similar to today's society regarding the lack of social skills, and the growing addiction to technology, although some may say that technology is different today because it is an efficient way to access a broad amount of information. The first similarity the novel shares with the modern era is the regard to the lack of social skills society has developed over time.
The social commentary is in almost every dystopian title a person can come across. Moreover, one of the best examples is Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 is in a way a reflection of Ray Bradbury’s childhood. The social commentary Ray puts into Fahrenheit 451 all comes from memories of his past time, it is a warning of the effects of censorship. Throughout Ray’s childhood, he has seen some of the worst possible censorship.
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel written by Ray Bradbury. It is considered to be dystopian fiction which is used to display different social structures throughout the book. Published in 1953, this story takes place in a futuristic city in the United States of America. Books are illegal to own and anyone in possession of them will have to get them burnt. That is the job a the firefighters.