Materialism In William Bradbury

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(MIP-3) In addition, this dissociation extends to the society one lives in. (SIP-A) As a result of their cultivated, materialistic lives, characters in Bradbury’s novel are isolated from their own society. (STEWE-1) This is first noted by young Clarisse, close to the start of the novel. She states that when she people-watches, she notices that “People don’t talk about anything.” From her point of view, all people do is “name a lot of cars or clothes… and say how swell! But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else” (Bradbury 28). In their society, no one sees their isolation or bothers to think that they could socialize differently. They’re busy with their commercialized lives- too busy to see any issues…show more content…
Faber quoted poetry, and Montag listened, without reporting him. His awareness about their society is evident when Faber says “I don’t talk things, sir… I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive” (Bradbury 71). Faber clearly has observed the materialism in those around him, and sees how he is different. He understands how the fact that he isn’t consumeristic gives him the ability to think more creatively, and to simply wonder. He certainly has an awareness of their society. (STEWE-2) Montag himself possesses this unusual skill as well. He can see the bigger picture and observe the flaws in the world they live in, because he takes life more slowly and prefers to avoid possessions. When he is talking to Millie the night after a woman burns with her books, his instinctive knowledge is clearly present. He talks about thoughts he’s had, as well as ideas that have been awakened by recent events. He says “I thought about books… And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each [one]... A man had to take a long time to put them down on…show more content…
(BS-3) This disconnection can manifest as a distance from society. (BS-2) More significantly, materialism can create a divide between one’s conscious self and their deeper emotions. (BS-1) Most worryingly, the human need for social interaction can be covered under a blanket of commercialized goods, and altogether forgotten. (R) Perhaps all of us could do well to remember that in a world where our lives go by quickly, we should prioritize the ones close to us over insignificant items and petty flights of

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