Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 : The Search For Utopia Essay

1207 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Bernard Howeth
Mrs. Karle
English 1A
October 2, 2015
Bradbury and the search for Utopia in a modern society In Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, in the quest for a utopian society, people have decided to use self-censorship to escape the reality of everyday life and try to achieve harmony and happiness which leads to catastrophic results. In his novel, Bradbury shows how once technology is embraced by the public at large the results that are achieved can be detrimental to the future by the choices we make. To gain true happiness with in a society is to understand the natural way that people interact and relate to each other. Although the television industry was in its infancy when Bradbury wrote his novel in 1953, he was understood that this new medium of technology had the potential for rapid growth and the ability to distract the television viewing public from what is really going on in the world around them. Patai says that Bradbury “recognized its potential to keep people glued to the tube, allowing it bit by bit to replace lived experience” (Pata1 42). Before the television and eventually the internet as forms of digital entertainment, books were the form of communication in which all pertinent information was acquired by the reader. The reader was able to learn of history, current events, and is able to dream of a future. In Fahrenheit 451 with the ban on books in effect, the history of the nation could be altered to be whatever the people are doing the broadcasting…

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