The Negative Effects Of Dystopia In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit

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Once there was a lonely man, his name unknown to the world. All his life he wondered what his purpose was. He dreamed of becoming a Broadway singer and actor, but he could not. His society restricted and made him work a job for the good of the society. They made him work as a handyman instead. As a result, he would be cursed with crippling depression because he could never do what he wanted. This brief story shows the true face of a dystopian society. Dystopias restrict freedoms and in the end leads to the breakdown of society. It is important to always be aware of the possible sign of a dystopia and stop them from happening, but sometimes no matter what people do their beloved world takes a turn for the worst. In the inspiring story of “Fahrenheit…show more content…
One of the main ways the author illustrates this is by subtly mentioning an ongoing war and a potential for a nuclear strike from an unknown source, the author says, “war may be declared any hour. This country stands ready to defend its… The firehouse trembled as a great flight of jet planes whistled a single note across the black morning sky” (Bradbury, 30). Throughout the story the main characters in the book rarely mention that there country is fighting an ongoing war and the possibility for a nuclear strike. This is because the characters want to feel safe even though their whole life could be taken away from them in the blink of an eye. The characters are too caught up in mindless entertainment that it becomes all they care about. The media brainwashes them into thinking they are safe because the people want to feel safe. This leads the characters to create a false sense of security. This makes the characters ignorant about situation within their country. This creates a dystopian world due to the overall lack of knowledge or care about their life. This further proves how the motif of fear best illustrates the negative effects of a dystopian society. Similarly, Bradbury continues to display the false sense of security when he talks about the need for firemen to burn houses that contain books, he states,…show more content…
The most important lesson one can learn from the powerful novel of Fahrenheit 451 is that in life people should always stay true to themselves no matter what. The minute people give up even the most basic freedom is a freedom they can never get back. In order to escape the disastrous effects of an unrelenting dystopia is to prevent them in first place and the only way to do this is to protect the basic freedoms people are blessed to have

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