Fahrenheit 451 Dystopia
By mtracy13, Updated
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"Montag jammed the Seashell into his ear . . .'everyone in every house in every street open a front or rear door or look from the windows. The fugitive cannot escape if everyone in the next minute looks from his house.'"
Bradbury used seashell radios as a form of government control in the society. This represents how the people are directly receiving instructions from the government.
. . . watch for a man running . . . watch for the running man . . .
"It's really fun. It'll be even more fun when we can afford to have a fourth wall installed. How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out, and the fourth TV wall put in? It's only two-thousand dollars."
In the novel, technology is a big part of society. Bradbury used Mildred's parlor (TV room) as a symbol of how technology could potentially be in the future.
Bradbury starts off the novel with an illusion of how burning books is good in the society. Firefighters are said to burn books to keep people happy. Doing this, the government can maintain a perfect society where everyone is equal and no one can gain knowledge. As the reader, this tells you that the burning of books is normal and essential to society.
"It was a pleasure to burn."
"The driver of the car, seeing Montag down, instinctively considered the probability that running over a body at such high speed might turn the car upside down and spell them out."
In the novel, the government is found to dehumanize the society. For example, teens drove around the city, running over people for fun. This says that the citizens lives are not valued of how they should be.
When coming home from work, Montag found Mildred lying on their bed dead after taking too many pills. When the "doctors" came to cure Millie, they said that this was a normal situation, happening 2-3 times a night. Bradbury is criticizing our society, saying that overdosing on pills is normal.
"We get these cases nine or ten at night. Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built. With the optical lens, of course, that was new; the rest is ancient."
"Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest….Montag felt the hidden book pound like a heart against his chest."
As Montag begins to wonder if he is happy, he also starts to question society, if burning books good or bad. As a form of rebellion, Montag begins to read the books he has hidden in his house, After reading, Montag wonders more about why this, burning of books, is happening.
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