The Mechanical Hound In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has been described as a dystopian novel. It depiction a society build on “alternative facts” that outlaws books and prohibits reading. At home, Citizens resort to watching television and driving fast as the forms of entrainment. While at school the children only play games instead of learning. Knowledge is taboo, and anyone caught reading must face the penalties. 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 …show more content…

The Mechanical Hound doesn’t sleep and lives in a kennel in the back of the firehouse “The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse” (11). There is virtually no escape from the Mechanical Hound “the Mechanical Hound can remember and identify ten thousand odor-indexes on ten thousand men without resetting” (62), it was also pointed out that the Hound makes no mistakes “Mechanical Hound never fails. Never since its first use in tracking quarry has this incredible invention made a mistake” (62). However, in the novella they never said that the hound was indestructible and this is proving when Montag destroys the Mechanical Hound “Montag lay watching the dead-alive thing fiddle the air and die” (56). This creates hope because if the community as a whole was to work together they would to be able to destroy other hounds to come and start a …show more content…

This is one of the biggest signs of hope because this allows for a fresh new start of civilization and allows for a change in the way that books were perceived. A change that previously couldn't have happened because everyone was reluctant to changing their ways life. Now they can reintroduce the ideas of books and enforce how important books are in everyday society. Even though there, isn't any books the ideas in the books can still be reintroduced from the memorization that the ones by the river have memorized “I remember, I remember something else. What is it? Yes, yes part of the Ecclesiastes and Revelation. Part of that book, part of it quick now, quick, before it gets away” (75). Each person by the riverside had a job to memorize parts of stories and books not for themselves, instead really for the future generations to follow, because they didn't apply the logic that learned from the books, “Someday the load we’re carrying with us may help someone. But even when we had the books on hand, a long time ago, we didn't use what we got out of them”

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