(MIP-3) The correlation between materialism and the loss of connections between people is reinforced by the fact that those whose are not pulled in by the material world regain the traits that were lost. (SIP-A) Throughout the novel, there are a handful of people who are not swept up by the materialism that is so common in the rest of society. (STEWE-1)
The world of Fahrenheit 451 is a world devoid of books. In this world the protagonist Montag is a fireman, but in this world he burn houses insteads of putting them out, he goes against his government and occupation to steal a book from a burning house. To most effectively convey his message, Bradbury uses symbolism and irony to shape the theme that Knowledge can both be joyful and painful. The symbolism helps to shape the theme is Fahrenheit 451.
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book.
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.
Being obsessed with technology can destroy a society, and people’s relationships in it. Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 to keep the future from turning into the dystopian world in the book. The characters in the novel are attached to technology more than their own families. Everyone is caught up in television, and they do not stop to see what is going on around them. The firemen burn books and houses instead of putting out fires.
In a society where books are burned, an unlikely hero Montag is awakened. In this dystopian society, Guy Montag gives us a perspective to a dark, but changing without much Montag must guide himself through a civilization of lucid vegetables. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, predicts a shocking future where parlor walls and violence have taken over the social life of civilians as the corrupted government promotes and restricts knowledge. At first Montag is depicted as a dense character that takes everyone’s word for it, until he faces an internal conflict he never thought of, his happiness.
Many characters in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 prove to be interesting character studies. These characters include Clarisse McClellan, Captain Beatty, and Guy Montag. Montag, in particular, shows interesting evolution as a character as he goes from being a blind follower of his society’s laws to questioning the very reason for his existence. The three dimensions of Montag’s character, physiology, sociology, and psychology, reveal a well-rounded character that changes throughout the story. Analyzing these elements of Montag’s character reveals a theme that life should be questioned and the unobserved life is not worth living.
(AGG) Fahrenheit 451 stresses the problem with materialism and portrays it in a world full of illiterate beings who have traveled too far down the road of consumerism. This is explained perfectly in this quote by Bryant H. McGill. “The folly of endless consumerism sends us on a wild goose-chase for happiness through materialism”(Bryant H. McGill). (BS-1) In Montag’s society people are obsessed with stuff and things that don’t matter.
Ray Bradbury, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is one of the most notable authors of the 20th century. Although he wrote over 30 novels and countless of other writings, his novel, Fahrenheit 451, is his claim to fame. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a faux utopia without books. His novel is a critical thinking piece that criticizing censorship. Ray Bradbury’s cultural significance stems from his audacious nerve to simply release his novel.
A Book of Endless Lessons As the course of time runs our lives, the inhabitants of Earth rely increasingly more on the services of technology to perform our the tasks we face in our daily lives. Books are growing increasingly unpopular as modern interactive entertainment services advance. The society built by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 inhabits a shallow human race at their weakest, living false lives within the walls of their television screens.
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.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury gives a glimpse of a future dystopian society. Guy Montag is a fireman who lives in this isolated society, where books are banned due to the fear of free thinking. And Fireman’s job is to burn any books that come in sight. People in this society are emotionless, they don’t read books or question about what is going on around them. Instead, they spend most of their time watching TV and listening to the radio.
In some ways materialism is an innate human tendency; people crave comfort. However, seeking comfort solely through material belongings ultimately does not satisfy, so the search continues for more and more. While materialism has been around for a long time, studies show that it has been on a rapid rise in America since the 1960s (“Materialistic Couples” 2). The rise is most likely linked to the large increase in consumerism in this nation and the world. Since the Industrial Revolution, merchandise that is wanted, not needed, has been much easier to obtain.
In modern day society, materialism plays a part in every person’s life, no matter what social class they are. Materialism, by definition, is the tendency to consider possessions and physical comfort more important than spiritual values. A materialistic person gives higher priority to maintaining, protecting, and obtaining their material objects than they do in enjoying and developing interpersonal relationships. The concept of being materialistic can be seen as immoral, but there is a fine line between personal interests and morality. Everybody is materialistic to an extent, whether it be from purchasing a wide variety of automobiles, to buying the same brand of jeans because they fit nice.
Materialism is a problem in American society, everyday people go for the next best thing just to show off their possessions. People show off what they have, and once they get tired of it, they begin to go for the latest, cellular devices, clothing’s, cars etc. According to Tim Kasser, “People develop ideals looking at the lives of their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives” (Kasser52). What he is trying to say is, instead of every person helping each other expand in life, everyone is in rivalry with one another. In order to make an attempt in fixing the American society, making it less materialistic, people must become and think correspondingly of a minimalist.