Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
Mildred is so obsessed with technology that she, like everyone else in society, is anti-social to everyone and everything around her. Loving relationships cannot be formed if a person does not make an effort to love the other person. A relationship has to have effort from both people to make it work. Montag cannot love or be loved by Mildred because she is so consumed by technology. Technology can put a wall up between people.
Bradbury uses the handymen to illustrate how a society would be if no one cared about life. The operators did not care that Mildred had just committed suicide; they saw it as a little problem. The conflict between Montag and Mildred explain how technology can ruin a relationship. Mildred only cares about her television while Montag just wants to talk to her. Lastly the Martyr affects Montag’s inner self because he watched her burn alive for her books.
Montag feels so terribly sad and feels that books might help and Mildred is appalled by this. They think completely different on this subject showing the contrast between the two. Finally, when Montag shows up at his house when on a the job with Beatty he asks “was it my wife turned in the alarm?” (Bradbury 62). Beatty tells him that this is true showing how differently this couple thinks. If Mildred can turn in her husband for books, she does not get how he thinks at all showing their vast differences.
Technology is a constantly evolving industry, but with evolution requires understanding of its fundamentals. In the modern era, a mass majority of the population spends countless hours staring at a computer or smartphone screen with little to no grasp on how it actually functions. Characters and industry experts in the Robert Harris novel, Enigma, Steve Lohr’s New York Times article “Where Non-Techies Can Get With Programming” , and the Natasha Singer New York Times article “How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms” voiced their unique opinions on why knowing basic computer coding languages are so important. Everyone should have access to computer science education. Considering teens spend an average of nearly nine hours glued to a screen every day, according to The Washington Post, they should understand how their messages arrive before their eyes.
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