Dystopian Storyboard

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  • "It was a pleasure to burn, it was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world..." pg. 1
  • Control of Communication
  • "Montag ran. He could feel the hound like autumn come cold and dry and swift. Like a wind that didn't stur grass that didn't jar windows or disturb leaf shadows, on the white sidewalks as it passed... It carried its silence with it so you could feel the silence building up. A pressure behind you all across town." Pg. 137
  • Surveillance
  • "Of course I'm happy. What does she think? I'm not? he asked the quiet rooms" Pg. 10
  • "Are you happy Montag?"
  • Uniformity
  • "They're faking. You threw them off at the river. They can't admit it. They know they can hold their audience only so long." Pg. 148
  • One of the main elements in the book is the control of communication. This is common in many dystopian novels, and it is an important staple in this book. The main way Bradbury wrote how people control communication is by burning books.
  • Propaganda
  • The show's got to have a snap ending, quick... So they're sniffing for a scape-goat to end things with a bang."
  • The next important dystopian element is surveillance of the common people. Bradbury implemented this into the book by using the mechanical hound. The hound watches people to keep everyone in check with the law.
  • Hidden Reality
  • Additionally, Bradbury uses uniformity in the novel. This is an important dystopian element that has the government uniforming their members to whatever the government wants. In this quote, Montag feels "happy" because thats what the government wants, even if he isn't really.
  • "Thank God for that. You can shut them, say, ‘Hold on a moment.’ You play God to it. But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlour? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth. Books can be beaten down with reason. But with all my knowledge and scepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full colour, three dimensions, and I being in and part of those incredible parlours. - page 84
  • Dehumanization
  • In this example, Granger is talking about how the government has to do something about losing Montag. This is a brilliant example of propaganda. Bradbury used this exerpt to show how the government will do anything to keep their citizens' attention.
  • Here, Bradbury illustrates the government hiding the reality from the people by replacing Montag. This is an important element in dystopian novels because it develops how the government acts - controlling their people.
  • Finally, in this exerpt, the Parlor is being explained. This is a great example of dehumanization. The people who watch the parlor lose their sense of human. They're deprived of their feelings, and they choose to watch the Parlor instead of doing anything else. This is important in dystopian novels because the government needs a controlled citizenship. 
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