Analysis Of Ray Bradbury 's ' Fahrenheit 451 ' Essay

1076 Words Dec 22nd, 2014 5 Pages
In Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury depicts a future world where everyone seeks only to be entertained. As a result, everyone has shifted away from books and the knowledge they provide. Society then orders the firemen to burn books so that nobody has to read their "lies". Through the use of metaphor and contrasting ideas for books, Bradbury shows that destroying knowledge to “save” life ultimately leaves it dull and meaningless.
Through the use of Beatty’s speech about why firemen burn books, Bradbury reveals that it was the people that originally decided that the books should be removed. This leads to a lack of knowledge which ultimately leads to a lesser value to life. Fireman Montag’s boss Beatty explains to him that the “bigger the population, the more minorities... The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy."(57). Beatty is referring to how the growing population and the overall higher minority population causes people to be more careful about offending people. This fear of offending the large population of minorities eventually led to the destruction of books. “There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick,” (57-58). Because of the destruction of books and the promotion of the parlor television, people like Montag’s wife, Mildred, become zombie enslaved by the electronics of their day and age. Mildred ends up in many ways losing her mind. Early on…

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