Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

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  • Propaganda - They use propaganda to distract people in their society so they don’t get out of line or start thinking too much like how they play the annoying Denham’s Dentrifice ad so it is all you can hear and it sticks in your head so you can’t think.
  • “Trumpets blared. "Denham's Dentrifice." Shut up, thought Montag. Consider the lilies of the field. "Denham's Dentifrice." … They toil not-  "Denham's--" Consider the lilies of the field, shut up, shut up. "Dentifrice ! " … "Denham's. Spelled : D-E.N " They toil not, neither do they . . ., … "Denham's does it!" Consider the lilies, the lilies, the lilies… "Denham's dental detergent." "Shut up, shut up, shut up!’”
  • "Silly words, silly words, silly awful hurting words," said Mrs. Bowles. " ‘Why do people want to hurt people? Not enough hurt in the world, you've got to tease people with stuff like that ! " "Clara, now, Clara," begged Mildred, pulling her arm. "Come on, let's be cheery, you turn the `family' on, now. Go ahead. Let's laugh and be happy, now, stop crying, we'll have a party!’ "
  • Conformity - Everyone thinks reading is bad and books are dangerous so no one reads or ever speaks up saying books and observing things are good because they are either scared of the consequences of being individual because it is seen as bad. Or they actually have been persuaded into thinking reading is bad.
  • Questioning the goodness of the society - The people like Clarisse and Montag think a lot and when they see how their world is they start to question it and its ways and why they don’t take time to observe things or talk or read.
  • “On the front porch where she had come to weigh them quietly with her eyes, her quietness a condemnation, the woman stood motionless. Beatty flicked his fingers to spark the kerosene. He was too late. Montag gasped. The woman on the porch reached out with contempt for them all, and struck the kitchen match against the railing.”
  • Illusion of a perfect society - In their society they have all the tv and radios they could ever want and everything is relaxed you never have to do much work and you can drive your cars really fast so it seems like everything is perfect when in reality their lives are boring and they can’t explore or read.
  • “ … People want to be happy, isn't that right? Haven't you heard it all your life? I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren't they? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for, isn't it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of these.’ “
  • Harsh control - The fireman control the society by burning books and the houses they are found in and send the people who own the books to asylums even if they just read a little it can have a very severe punishment and if you do anything out of the ordinary like stop to observe things or drive slow even you can be arrested.
  • “ ‘I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly," she said. "If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur? That's a rose-garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn't that funny, and sad, too?’ ”
  • Truth in the world is often kept a secret - Firemen in the book lied about the past saying things like firemen never used to put out fires they have always started them when firemen did actually put out fires not start them.
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