Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

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  • After meeting Clarisse, and seeing the woman burn her own house down, Montag is curious why these people think books are such a big deal. Bradbury sets this up to create the feeling of searching for answers in this dystopian society.
  • The protagonist wants to learn the truth about the dystopian society
  • "I want you to teach me to understand what I read." 
  • Montag learns from Faber and Clarisse, and eventually kills Beatty out of rage and to protect Faber. Bradbury puts this in the book to act as the turning point where Montag fully realities the flawed society and tries to change it.
  • The protagonist sparks a revolt against the oppressive society
  • "[Beatty] always said, don't face a problem, burn it. Well, now I've done both.
  • Mildred thinks that everything is good with the world and that she has a deep connection with her parlor "family". Bradbury puts this in the book to show how flawed the society is for not realising they need to stop and think sometimes.
  • The general public doesn't think anything bad is happening
  •  "Come on, let's be cheery, you turn the `family' on, now."
  • "The Government, seeing how advantageous it was to have people reading only about passionate lips and the fist in the stomach, circled the situation with your fire-eaters
  • The government is oppressive and has total controll.
  • In the story, it is made clear that it wasn't the government who got rid of the books, and that it was largely the people's fault. The government just realized how to take advantage of the lack of books to benefit themselves. Bradbury does this to make the government seem oppressive, but also not make the people seem completely innocent either.
  • ""Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you've had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarian sections, too, and your children who hate your guts! Go home and think how it all happened and what did you ever do to stop it? Go home, go home!" he yelled.
  • Life and death have very little value to the citizens in the book. They don't seem to care when someone else dies, and a lot of them commit suicide. Bradbury includes this to show just how flawed the society is without intelligent people.
  • Society tries to dehumanize its citizens
  • There is at least one character who sparks ideas of changing the society in the protagonist's head
  • In many dystopian novels, there is at least one character who sparks ideas of change in the protagonist's head. That character in this book is Clarisse. She asks Montag many thoughtful questions and is very kind to him, which makes him ask himself why.
  •  "Are you happy?" 
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