Dystopian

Dystopian
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  • Citizens forced to conform to the status quo
  • "She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarrassing. You ask why to a lot of things and you end up unhappy indeed, if you keep up at it. The poor girl is better off dead." pg 60
  • Society lives under oppressive control
  • "Under the door sill, a slow probing sniff , an exhalation of electric steam. Mildred laughed "It's only a dog, that's what! You want me to shoo him away?" pg. 72
  • The truth about the world was kept a secret
  • "Need to know the history of our professions. They don't feed it to the rookies  like they used to. Damn shame. Only fire fighter chiefs remember it now." pg 53-54
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradbury used this element when Beatty judges Clarisse for her passion to learn information and believed she was better off dead. He beleived that kind of thinking is a waste of space. Since Clarisse didn't conform with the rest of society, she was looked down on. Now that Montag is starting to think just like Clarisse, Beatty is trying to encourage him to be just like everyone else.
  • The society dehumanized the citizens
  • "Kerosene!" They pumped the cold fluid from the numbered 451 tanks." pg. 38
  • The author added this element of control through technology. In the book, there is a hound that the fire department uses to locate people that attempt to break the law. When Montag presents that he has books in his possession, a hound is sent to his door step to get in and hurt him. The mechanical hound is used to show that new technology can overcome and be very powerful.
  • Main character questioned  goodness of the society
  • "There must be something in the books, things we can't imagine to make stay in a burning house; there must be something there." (pg 50)
  • Bradbury included this element when Beatty tells Montag the only reason firemen exist anymore is because by burning books, it keeps controversial books from hurting anybody. He then explains only fire chiefs know the truth, so it is kept away from most citizens. If everyone in society knew everything then they would stray away from the status que and could rebel.
  • Illusion of a perfect society
  • Bradbury included this elements to show the oppressive government through firemen. Since the government has wiped away all human emotion the firemen don't feel anything when destroying and burning the home of fellow citizens for having books. They feel nothing towards their actions in society. In this scene, firemen are burning all the books without having a single care in the fact that the lady may die with her books.
  • The author included this element to show how bad their society truly is. Montag comes to this unfortunate realization after the firemen burnt  down a house filled with books and an old lady. He sees that all his work that he has done for years goes against everything he now believes. When looking back on the past it shows him why book burnings need to be stopped.
  • Bradbury included this elements to show that the society in the real world is not what it seems and you can always trust what's around you. In the book, citizens are put in the perception that their world is perfect by always being thoughtless and happy. Mrs. Phelps starts crying after hearing Montag say what reality really is, which surprises her because she has always been told to hide her emotions.  
  • "Ah, love, let us be true to one another! For the world, which seems...Where ignorant armies clash at night." pg. 100
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