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  • Scientific/Technological Advancement- Advanced technology such as seashell radios, the mechanical hound, and the parlor walls are used to control people. Additionally, Faber and Montag use small earpieces to communicate and plan. The seashells- “And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and unsleeping mind.” (pg. 12)
  • The main character recognizes that something is wrong with society- After meeting with Clarisse and burning the old woman with her books, Montag begins to question whether burning books is for the better. This leads him to question the government and society as a whole. “You ever seen a burned house? It smoulders for days. Well, this fire'll last me the rest of my life. God! I've been trying to put it out, in my mind, all night. I'm crazy with trying...It's not just the woman that died," said Montag. "Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books…” (pg. 51-52)
  • Should we really be burning books?
  • Oppression- The government is controlling the opinion of books and the legality of them. This society is suffering from the loss of books, even if they are not aware. Society is filled with government media that changes their perspective dramatically. "Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what doe...So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam.” (pg. 83)
  • Violence- In this society, the people see violence as normal and everyday occurrences. This is frightening, and we do not see such intense violence in our society today on a regular basis. (hitting pedestrians with cars, children killing other children, burning homes) “I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other... Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks.” (pg. 30)
  • Conformity- The people in the Fahrenheit 451 society are forced to adapt to the destructive environment they live in. They are made to believe individuality is bad, and that everything is perfect (when it’s really the opposite). People in the society conform to things that require very little individual thought (parlor walls, speeding, boring jobs, seashells) “Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. There had been no night in the last two years that Mildred had not swum that sea, had not gladly gone down in it for the third time.” (pg. 12)
  • Illusion of Perfection and Happiness- The people of this society think they have perfect lives and believe they’re happy. For example, Montag truly believes he was happy until Clarisse causes him to assess his happiness. Generally, the society lives in a state of ‘ignorance is bliss,’ not worrying or being bothered by anything. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs. He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back. (pg. 12)
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