Drug abuse is the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs in order to feel a euphoria, treat pain, or help with sleeping disorders. Drug abuse is a chronic brain disease that causes drug use despite the harmful consequences to the user and the people around them. In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the dystopian society portrayed is oblivious to the impact of the censorship around them. Books are banned and if found, they are burned along with their houses. The people in this society do not have time to think about anything because they are constantly surrounded by the constant chaos of loud noises on commercials or televisions and are over stimulated. Addiction and drug abuse is used as a way to escape the harsh problems in society. …show more content…
When Montag starts to question his society, he begins to take action in order to change the continuous cycle of destruction this dystopian society faces. Montag’s wife, Mildred has been sucked into the addiction of technology along with the rest of this society. Due to over-stimulation from the wall TV’s and other technology surrounding them, they are not able to sleep. To sleep, they continually use and abuse pills, because they are so distracted by the technology around them, they forget how many they take and do not stop until they overdose. As well as over-stimulation, the people in this society also use prescription pills as an escape mechanism from the bleak and fast paced society in which they live. Mildred becomes so distracted with her TV family that she forgets that she takes the pills until the whole bottle becomes empty. “Her face was like a snow-covered island…her eyes all glass, and breath going in and out, softly, faintly, in and out her nostrils, and her not caring whether it came or went, came or went” (11). Bradbury uses Mildred to portray the unfavorable effects drug abuse has on memory and moods. When Montag comes home to his wife it is clear that she has overdosed and it appears to be looked at as normal due to its constant recurrence with Mildred and others. The men who come to bring the people in Fahrenheit 451 back to life …show more content…
These pills, such as xanax and oxycodone allow people for short periods of time to withdraw from the harsh reality faced today. “Between 1997 and 2002, sales of oxycodone and methadone nearly quadrupled” (Okie). Around 15 years later and the prescription pill problem is continuing to skyrocket. Since prescription pills are dispersed out to anyone by doctors, many people do not realize that it is as much of an illicit drug as cocaine and heroin is. “Misinformation about the addictive properties of prescription opioids and the perception that prescription drugs are less harmful than illicit drugs are other possible contributors to the problem” (NIDA). When people take these synthetic heroin pills, they do not feel as though it is a drug addiction as much as it is a way for them to deal with pain, over-stimulation, and as a tranquilizer. Today, we are currently facing an epidemic with drug addiction and continuously trying to solve the problem with a war on drugs. “The U.S. spends about $51 billion a year enforcing the war on drugs, and arrests nearly 1.5 million people for drug violations, according to Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group” (Ferner). Since the United States spends so much money on this epidemic, the numbers should start to go down, but it is instead doing the opposite. It is easy to figure out the numbers through doctors, “Increases in prescription drug misuse over the last
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When Montag is thinking about how the engineers are pumping out Mildred’s stomach and not caring about what might happen to her “And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn't cry." (Bradbury, 41).” Montag thinks about this because even though he is married to her he still doesn’t truly know or care about her, he just sees her as a stranger. When Montag is walking with the people he met on the railroad track Montag says "It's strange, I don't miss her, it's strange I don't feel much of anything," said Montag. "Even if she dies, I realized a moment ago, I don't think I'll feel sad.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a uniquely shocking and provocative novel about a dystopian society set in a future where reading is outlawed, thinking is considered a sin, technology is at its prime, and human interaction is scarce. Through his main protagonist, Guy Montag, Bradbury brings attention to the dangers of a controlled society, and the problems that can arise from censorship. As a fireman, it is Guy's job to destroy books, and start fires rather than put them out. After meeting a series of unusual characters, a spark is ignited in Montag and he develops a desire for knowledge and a want to protect the books. Bradbury's novel teaches its readers how too much censorship and control can lead to further damage and the repetition of history’s mistakes through the use of symbolism, imagery, and motif.
In “Fahrenheit 451 Part One”, Ray Bradbury use of diction dramatically impacts the dark and depressed tone of the novel To begin, the description of Mildred’s attempted suicide highlights the dark tone of the novel. Bradbury uses diction such as, “terrible whisper”, “inner suffocation” and, “suction snake” demonstrates the tone of the novel. “The woman on the bed was no more than hard stratum of marble they had reached.” In the novel, Montag notices how grim Mildred looks and realizes that it was an attempted suicide in the description that Bradbury states. Bradbury’s use of diction about Mildred’s attempted suicide impacts the dark and depressed tone throughout the novel.
Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, presents a society in which humans suffer from depression, fear, and loss of empathy which are the result of censorship of free thought and knowledge. Humans suffer from loss of empathy due to their lack of human interaction. People live in fear of the government as the dystopian society deprives the people of knowledge. Depression is evidenced by suicidal tendencies caused by hollow lives. Bradbury uses the loss of empathy in order to demonstrate the effects that censorship of free thought and knowledge have upon the individual and society.
While reading the book Farenheit-451 we discovered that Bradbury seemed to have for-shadowed certain aspects of the future. During the book the reader may notice that bradbury hits at certain topics, such as overdose and the quality of life, and conformity along with being careful when speaking to someone. Which is why Farenheit-451 has a powerful message for readers in our world today. The article “OD kills 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Dana Plato” and the book both discuss the topic of overdose. An overdose is when you consume too much of a certain item like sleeping pills or painkillers.
Addiction and Control in Fahrenheit 451 Addicts often rely on their habits in order to give them a sense of control over their lives, but are frequently met with the opposite. Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is one set in a futuristic society in which books are outlawed. This single law has set off a spiral of negative effects on the citizens of the city. One of these effects includes recurrent cases of addiction and control by the government through dependencies such as drugs, technology, and sadistic tendencies, and these obsessions aren’t too far from today’s reality.
Underlying Causes: The increase in the sale of opioids is considered to be the root of the opioid crisis, as the drugs have been proven to be highly addictive. An addiction to prescriptive opioids, however, can lead to an addiction to synthetic, illegal opioids, such as heroine or fentanyl, which are less expensive and easier to acquire. In fact, in their journal article, “Associations of nonmedical pain reliever use and initiation of heroin use in the United States” Pradip Muhuri and associates discovered that “the recent (12 months preceding interview) heroin incidence rate was 19 times higher among those who reported prior nonmedical prescription pain reliever (NMPR) use than among those who did not (0.39 vs. 0.02 percent)” (Muhuri et. al). In other words, abusing prescription opioids significantly raises the chances of abusing illicit drugs, such as heroin.
Montag starts arguing with Mildred about how she is acting. She is depressed and does not even know it. Mildred thinks that the voices in the walls are her family. Montag tries to get her to see what is really happening in society. She is so unaware of her actions that Montag has top tell her, “maybe you took two pills and forgot and took to more, and forgot again and took two more, and were so dopey you kept right on until you had thirty or forty of them in you” (Bradbury 17).
Opioid Epidemic in the United States The opioid crisis has risen over the years here in America. The addiction to painkillers has caused many drug overdoses across America. According to the Vox," In 2015, more than 52,000 people have died from drug overdoses from linked to opioids such as Percocet, heroin, Oxycontin or even fentanyl. This problem did not become an overnight health crisis, but it has become quickly known in America. Expanding our drug treatment centers across America would provide the support to those who are addicted to drugs.
The first time the motif of death shows up, Mildred has just come face to face to death which leaves Montag questioning his life. By Bradbury allowing Montag to see Mildred almost die, he lets Montag stumble upon a situation that he has not encountered before. In doing so, Bradbury makes Montag question his own life and forces him to adapt to the new circumstances he faces. Montag begins to question if the person in front of him is his wife as, “The bloodstream in this woman was new and it seemed to have done a new thing to her. Her cheeks were very pink and her lips were very fresh and full of color and they looked soft and relaxed.
When it comes to emotional desensitization, Montag's counterpart in Fahrenheit 451 is Mildred. The wife of Montag, Mildred, is totally consumed by her "parlor walls,” large television screens, and the naive world they portray. She is unable to hold meaningful conversations or emotionally connect with others because she is preoccupied with these screens. On the other side, Montag starts to ponder the culture they inhabit and finally starts to feel his emotions more. Throughout the dystopian novel, Ray Bradbury brilliantly demonstrates the act of emotional desensitization by contrasting Mildred and Montag to one another through their actions and thoughts.
Prescription drugs (opiates only) have caused over 165,000 deaths within the last 15 years and is currently on the rise. Over 2 million Americans in 2014 were addicted to Opiate prescription narcotics. The most troubling fact is listed directly on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: “As many as 1 in 4
Imagine a world where firemen start fires instead of putting them out. Fahrenheit 451 is set in a utopian, or dystopian to us, society, where books are burned and people rarely have real social interaction. Although Fahrenheit 451 seems nowhere close to our society, we are both alike and different to their world. The freedom of information is both very different and somewhat alike.
(MIP 3) The citizens of the society end up being damaged when this control is enforced. (SIP A) This control being enforced makes people lose their emotions and lose value for the things they need value for. (STEWE 1) Citizens of Montag’s society hold more value for their parlor and technology rather than their family members.