Fahrenheit 451 And The Portable Phonograph: A Comparative Analysis

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In the novel “Fahrenheit 451” and the short story “The Portable Phonograph,” Ray Bradbury and Walter Van Tilburg Clark suggest things about today’s society throughout their writings. Bradbury writes about the meaning of knowledge, books, and learning and how they are being mistreated. Clark writes about literature and art and their dilapidated importance in almost the same way Bradbury does. Though they both have different ways of saying it, essentially they are saying the same thing. Bradbury and Clark infer that our society has neglected the importance of knowledge, books, literature, and art throughout their writing. Bradbury speaks through his character, Clarisse, to say a few things about today’s society. He begins by implying that we…show more content…
When Montag said "[w]e need not to be let alone. We need to be really bother once in awhile. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"(Bradbury 55-56). He is implying that we are being bothered by the wrong things, we have began to ignore our REAL problems and pay attention to meaningless media, Clark has a similar point of view. When he depicts the scenery, he seems to list things that people had forgotten, real things. "But the precious remnants of wood, old fence posts and timbers.. Had to be saved for the real cold, for the time when a man 's breath blew white, the moisture in his nostrils stiffened" (Clark 181). He is addressing these things because the people have seemed to underestimate the reality of it and how real it makes someone feel. In conclusion, these are only theories, those ideas are nothing more than my own meandering opinion. However I do believe Ray Bradbury and Walter Van Tilburg Clark suggest that our world is coming to a swarm of uneducated fools. Though they have different plots, their novel and short story both infer things about today 's society. They both write about the mistreated literature and art. Bradbury and Clark imply that today 's society has overlooked the power of knowledge, and the abuse we are putting it through throughout their

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