Ray Bradbury's Message In Fahrenheit 451

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There is definitely something to be respected about a book with a strong message. Ray Bradbury 's
Fahrenheit 451 is a book with a very powerful message. Set sometime in the future, in America,
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel. In a world where books have been outlawed and firemen are called on to burn books. The masses are so numb and rely solely on television for any and all information, as well as entertainment. One fireman Montag, begins to question life as is accepted, and he sets out to wake up the masses. Fahrenheit 451 depicts a society that is so numb and docile. A character who helps
Montag on his journey, named Faber listed 3 things that are very important. The first thing he listed,
Number one, quality of information. Number
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Some news is always being told, but the people are never given both sides of the story. We read in the book that controversy is always avoided by the television news. In an effort not to provoke trouble, or thinking, the information that is given only ever has one side. Also, they quickly move from one subject to another, not giving anyone time to think about what they are being fed from the t.v."Speed up the film, Montag, quick ... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom!
Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! ... Whirl man’s mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!" As this quote shows, no time is given to subjects, and no time is given between segments. Obviously there is extreme bias behind all of the information, from those that are giving it. Today we definitely see some of this. Fabrication of truth, or even plain lies. It seems that many times only the bare minimum Is reported and not the deeper information. There is also bias in different news stations today, so we hear agenda driven news.
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Leisure to digest the information that is received, leisure to think. Everyone has plenty of spare time, but time is not the issue. The issue is what they spend their time doing. When Faber is telling Montag the three things,
Montag questions the lack of leisure. "Oh, but we 've plenty of off-hours."
"Off-hours, yes. But time to think? If you 're not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can 't think of anything else but the danger, then you 're playing some game or sitting in some room where you cant argue with the four-wall televisor. Why? The televisor is 'real. ' It is immediate, it has dimension it tells you what to think and blasts it in, it must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn 't time to protest, 'What nonsense! '" With their free time, all anyone does is watch the “family” on the dozen screens in their house. Sometimes leisure is spent by mindlessly speeding at unholy miles per hour. Faber is talking time specifically spent on thinking, using their minds. There is definitely similar issues in America today. The

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