The Detriments Of Technology In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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The Detriments of Technology in Fahrenheit 451 While technology serves a great benefit to society, it simultaneously burns the connections people have with each other and the world around them. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury hones in on a world consumed by the wonders of technology. Books are seen as dangerous and illegal, and they are burned by the government in favor of more exciting and interesting technologies. The overuse of technology in Fahrenheit 451 hindered social skills, severed relationships, and promoted ignorance as it entered more households and communities. Many began to favor technology over human interaction, which overall hindered their social skills. When Montag realizes the significant role literature plays within society, …show more content…

After a particularly scarring fireman shift, Montag becomes sick, and he decides to stay home the next day. He asks Mildred to take care of him so he can return back to full health, but to his dismay Mildred doesn’t seem to care much about his sickness, and her attention is directed somewhere else. This is displayed when he asks her “ ‘Will you turn the parlor off?’ he asked. ‘That’s my family’ ‘Will you turn it off for a sick man? ‘I’ll turn it down,’ ” (Bradbury, 46). Montag asks Mildred to turn the parlor off for a moment since he’s sick and in need of care. Yet, Mildred can’t even comply with this simple request. Missing a TV program shouldn’t matter when her husband is greatly sick, since he should be her first priority. But he isn’t. Instead, Technology is. She’s come to a point where a TV screen is more valuable over the health of someone she’s dedicated her life to, showing how their relationship has become disconnected from the abundance of technology she uses. Later on in the novel, when Beatty and the other Firemen come to burn Montag’s house down, he realizes Mildred’s the one that called the Fire station on him. Packing her things and getting ready to leave, “She shoved the valise in her waiting beetle, climbed in, and sat mumbling, ‘Poor family, poor family, oh everything gone…’ ” (Bradbury, 108). While her own house is merely minutes away from going up in flames, Mildred only mourns her TV “family”. No interaction between her and Montag is exchanged, and her mind is focused solely on the wellbeing of the 3 Televisions sat in the parlor room. Not a thought is given to her husband and what their lives will be like from this day forward, because Mildred doesn’t care about Montag or their relationship anymore. The only thing she cares about is technology and how it serves to entertain her and keep her happy. Mildred’s interest in human interaction begins to

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