Analysis Of Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Overlap of Fiction and the Reality
Humans continuously strive to fulfill themselves with the enlightenment of technology and the pleasure of fast-paced media. However, those superficial wisdom and pleasure unconsciously empty their lives. In a futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury magnifies the negative influence of technology. Living in the society where people voluntarily abandon and burn books, a protagonist, Guy Montag, recognizes his vacant life through Clarisse and confronts the society to restore the true knowledge of books. Although the novel was written in the 1950s, when media just began to develop, the society presented in the novel peculiarly resembles the society of 21st Century where media dominates our lives. From personal health to interpersonal relationship, media’s influence drags us into the loneliest, darkest pit.
Bradbury explores media’s destructions of personal health that are similar today’s society. In Bradbury’s society, violence became an entertainment, and death is so frequent that it became careless. Clarisse describes to Montag, “Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays? ... They kill each other. ... Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. ... They race on the edge of town at midnight and the police don’t care as long as they’re insured.” Media is behind all those ferocious incidents because children often imitate the seemingly entertaining violence from games or TV shows. When…

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