It is vital importance that we consider the impact technology has on our lives. An over-dependence on technology can lead to a loss of human interaction, addiction, and profoundly ingrained emotional problems in friendships, marriages, and families. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is more relevant now than ever before. The iPhone and social media's meteoric rise has led to a constantly disconnected and distracted society that is more connected to screens than others. This dependence created on technology is the root of problems such as apathy for others, suicide disconnection, and depression. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 depicts a futuristic dystopia where everyone is always chasing the high of happiness and doing whatever they please. They …show more content…
As Montag leaves the city and his old life behind, drifting in a river, a sudden peacefulness rushes over him; he feels "as if he had left a stage behind and many actors. He felt as if he had left the great séance and all the murmuring ghosts" (RB 133). The people in Fahrenheit 451 have always been present but not there, alive but not truly engaged; they live careless lives, raising careless kids doing careless things and wasting their lives watching TV. In this quote, people's true colors shine through; they go out in cars driving at mad speed and kill people and animals without a second thought; they ignore death, avoid deep questions, overdose and die on pills; they divorce and abort children like its nothing, they are genuinely empty inside. They have been conditioned that nothing matters as long as they remain happy, but no human can go out and ignore death or feelings and stay happy. Montag's rush of happiness comes when he disconnects and leaves it all behind, something, not many people do today, even though memories in nature and with our loved ones being present are those that last a lifetime. Later when Montag questions Mildred about where they met since he could not remember, she avoids the question and turns to her pills, then Montag comes to a cold realization that "if she died he was certain …show more content…
Granger tells Montag about his Grandfather and the way he learned how to achieve real happiness, "It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime" (RB 150). The true meaning of this quote is that even though people do the things they enjoy and are always happy, they do not do the things in their lives that matter and will leave an impact behind them; they go through the motions of life, living but not there, married but not in love, having fun but killing themselves. Suppose people go through the motions all their lives. In that case, they will not live a life that they will be happy with and proud of, they can do all the same things as those that care, but in reality, the difference between the two lives is in the caring and engagement, without that there is no way anyone can be truly
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In today's society, we have the opportunity to access all the world's information at our finger tips with a few key strokes. Imagine a day when everything that we have suddenly is controlled. No more freedom to do as you please. This is a great novel about how we as an American society's future could become. With books being illegal in the society and being burned daily, by fireman of all people.
I believe that stories from the past are not outdated or worthless, but they contain valuable information and lessons that are still relevant to this day. We can still learn from what was written long ago and we can take away important truths that will help move forward our society. However, stories from the past are also not useful if that is the only thing you accept as truth. The stories have valuable lessons, but they also are from the past. If the society won’t learn the lessons of the past and move forward in the world, they aren’t functioning well.
In addition to having issues with mental health, the society in Fahrenheit 451 values physical things, such as money and the TV walls, and while they believe that these things make them happy, they do not. Characters like Mildred, prefer to detach themselves from society with a “family”, which happens to be giant flat-screen televisions that take over their walls. This society that Montag survives in only values objects they can show off to others and do not care about others' well being. Montag confronts Mildred about her addiction. He says, “‘Millie, does’- ‘does your ‘family’ love you, love you very much, love you with all its heart and soul, Millie?’- ‘Why’d you ask a silly question like that?’”
The experience of reading a book can never be replicated. In Fahrenheit 451, people have replaced books with television. The parlor walls allow the person to go into the story like a person reading a book. Technology like that exists in present day society. The loss of physical books is exactly what Bradbury feared.
Imagine being unable to read books and blindly trusting the government even though they don’t give all the information or even both sides of the story. Well, that is how America is in Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451 the government has banned books because they don’t want people to have enough knowledge on things where they would go against what the government would do. The government wants the citizens to be blind and just go with the flow. The main character Guy Montag is a firefighter who burns books.
Helen Keller once said, "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. " In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the society depicted, like Helen Keller stated, has a wrong idea of what establishes happiness. Throughout the novel, the main character Guy Montag is in search of what the society is missing, he eventually realizes this is happiness. The society depicted in Fahrenheit 451 values isolation and materialism and these values contribute to their unhappiness.
Fahrenheit 451 shows how our society benefits from literature. The book is a great example of how literature benefits our society to this day. For example, we live in a society where we can think for ourselves; we have daily advancements, and we have a better understanding of what is going on in the world. In our society, we have the freedom to think, unlike Fahrenheit 451.
Media is evil in both our society and in Fahrenheit 451. If something happened and it is put on the news it's often tweaked to make a story. In the news hey make some things more dramatic to make you want to listen and stay tuned. They usually just twist and pull at the truth, but sometimes they full on lie. In Fahrenheit 451 the media exaggerates.
In the novella, people just live to live they have no dreams or ambitions that are normal. However, there are various signs that a better life can be achieved these signs include characters who are not a part of the status quo, the destruction of the mechanical hound, and the bombing of the city at the end of the novella. As the story unfolds Montag
“And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him.” In the intriguing novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, it portrays a realistic, American society where books were prohibited and censorship from the government and society was acceptable and even approved by the people. Books are outlawed and firemen have to burn the books as a job, opposed to firemen put out fires in today’s modern society. Guy Montag, the main character, steals books and attempts to change society after he encounters Clarisse McClellan in the beginning of the book, who opens his eyes to the emptiness of his life with her innocently
“Gray animals peering from electric caves, faces with gray colorless eyes, gray tongues and gray thoughts looking out through the numb flesh of the face” (Bradbury 132). The people in Fahrenheit 451 are exactly as the protagonist, Montag, describes them: gray, animal, dehumanized and lifeless. Ray Bradbury has built a society in which people spend their days mindlessly watching television. Violence, bullying and murder are common, especially coming from school children, who spend their school days watching even more television. Montag is a fireman who burns books and slowly comes to understand the dehumanized and meaningless state that his society is in.
So often readers don't know what they will expect from a book. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 many things seemed to happened that were unexpected. It’s very relevant to readers in the modern world to read this book. Fahrenheit 451 has a powerful message to modern readers because of the similarities and differences between the novel and our world.
Tamara King Mr. Klever ENG III 20 April 2023 Fahrenheit 451 Essay Are we like Fahrenheit 451? Over the course of the book, we have been asked whether we are similar or different from Fahrenheit. Many topics talked about in this book guided me to believe that we are related to the book in modern times.