The Theme Of Mildred In Fahrenheit 451

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Obsessed with television and valuing it above all else, which ultimately affects her personal life, particularly her marriage, this is the life of Mildred Montag in the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. She is depicted as a selfish and stupid individual who is more bonded to technology rather than her husband. Mildred is portrayed as a character who is deeply unhappy and unfulfilled despite living in a society that prioritizes only pleasure and entertainment. Mildred Montag symbolizes the state of unhappiness in Montag's society. Mildred forms more of an emotional connection with the TV walls than her husband. Because of the overuse of technology many people, including Mildred, see technology as their family. When Guy asks her to simply …show more content…

Through Montag's journey, Bradbury highlights the dangers of a society that is consumed by entertainment and superficiality: “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes! I don’t hear those idiot bastards in your parlor talking about it.” Bradbury uses this quote to say that books can act as a guide to prevent us from repeating past mistakes and can lead us towards a brighter future. So much so, that Montag believes that books are the only thing that can save their society from the mistakes they are making. Bradbury emphasizes the power of books have to evoke emotions and ideas that we may not even be aware of by saying; “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” While yelling this Montag argues that television, while entertaining, is ultimately a tool of oppression that encourages conformity, apathy, and a lack of critical thinking. In contrast, books provide a deeper understanding of the world and enable individuals to think for themselves and challenge the status quo. Overall, Fahrenheit 451 is a warning about the dangers of a society that prioritizes entertainment over education and emphasizes the importance of preserving knowledge and critical thinking to ensure a free and open

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