Show MoreAdvances in technology have been used to modernize our lives, yet this same technology can alienate members of society from each other and even alienate individuals from themselves. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 explores the use of technological advancement as an instrument of government censorship and population control.
To fully understand the message of Fahrenheit 451, it is important to understand the social and political climate of the United States after World War II. One author suggests that this book “is discussed in terms of the world’s problems at large when it is essentially bound to the reality of the early 1950’s in America” (Zipes). During this time a major issue was the McCarthy trials that questioned citizens’ loyalty…show more content…
Censorship is a major theme highlighted in Fahrenheit 451. According to Dictionary.com, censorship is defined as “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts (dictionary.com). Historically, books have been censored for containing content considered: obscene, immoral, vilifying the family, communist, conflicting with community values, frank or revealing, containing violence, mature themes and biased” (Lancto). Bradbury connects “the burning of books which dealt with socialism, eroticism, and sexuality of the early 1950’s” (Zipes) with the practice of book burning in the futuristic society of Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s created a society that would rather use technology than read “as a result, society has become more vapid, more interested in mindless entertainment than, knowledge, understanding and critical thought…”(Brown). Evidence of Bradbury’s concern is reflected in results from a 2008 study conducted by the National Endowment for the Art’s that found “Americans are spending less time reading and that, as a result, reading comprehension skills are drastically eroding” (Brown). Another point raised by Bradbury’s work, is “the fear of censorship has already limited what is published” (Lancto). This means authors are censoring themselves due to the fear that their works will never be published
The Significance of Technology Depicted in Bradbury's Novel, Fahrenheit 451
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Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, is based in a futuristic time where technology rules our everyday lives and books are viewed as a bad thing because it brews free thought. Although today’s technological advances haven’t caught up with Bradbury’s F451, there is a very real danger that society might end up relying on technology at the price of intellectual development. Fahrenheit 451 is based in a futuristic time period and takes place in a large American City on the Eastern Coast. The futuristic world in which Bradbury describes is chilling, a future where all known books are burned by so called "firemen." Our main character in Fahrenheit 451 is a fireman known as Guy Montag, he has the visual characteristics of the average…show more content…
She sits home all day and watches her three walls in the living room, that they had equipped with giant TV’s. Mildred bugs Montag for a fourth TV wall. She thinks it would be necessary to achieve the full effect of her TV programs, but Montag refuses knowing that it is a useless and expensive investment. Montag finds Clarisse waiting at the bus stop the next day. She then informs him that she doesn’t go to school because she’s been labeled anti-social by her teachers. Montag and Clarisse continue to carry on a conversation for a while before he eventually had to go and head off to work. Once he arrives at the fire station an alarm sounds to notify the firemen that someone is in the procession of books and that it is time to perform their duty of burning the house of books. Before the firemen begin to incinerate the house, Montag snatches two of the criminal’s books, and when the old lady who owns the houses refuses to leave her personal possessions to be burned the fireman are ordered to burn the house and its books along with her. This act dwells on Montag to the point where is makes him feel sick and very depressed about the inhumane actions he had performed.
Later Captain Beatty, Montag’s captain, stops by Montag’s house to talk to him. While Beatty is there Montag just lies in bed trying to conceal one of the books he took from the house