Fahrenheit 451 Empathy Quotes

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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. For example, after Montag burns an old woman with her books, he and Mildred converse saying “‘It’s a good thing the rug’s washable’”(53). This quote shows that Mildred is more concerned about an inanimate object than the person who is dead. The citizens are shut away from the world and the lack of the free thought creates an objective view of the world.The people in this society no longer have personal feeling and opinions of their own; they go about their lives with the emotional detachments of robots.The…show more content…
When Montay comes home and finds his wife nearly dead due to an overdose of sleeping pills, Montag calls the emergency service to revive her. The next day, he asks the people from emergency services why they didn’t bring a doctor, and the man replies, “‘we get these cases nine or ten a night. Got so many, and staring a few years ago, we had the special machines built’”(19). This quote shows that there are a lot of suicidal people. They feel alone and useless which leads to them becoming depressed. This shows the negative effects of the dystopian society. People have become depressed because of their lack of creativity and interaction with people and their confinement to their televisions. The frequency of suicide attempts in this society clearly points to a massive of
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