Complacency In Fahrenheit 451

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Complacency has absorbed our society. People today have become numb to what is happening in the real-world and numb to what is happening in other people’s lives. Selfishness has taken us and we refuse to be bothered by any problem that is carried by another individual. Our society refuses to let anything disrupt our “perfect” life or what we think is a perfect life. Technology and social media has consumed us and our ability to connect with others, our ability to form real and meaningful relationships, and our ability to care about anybody other than ourselves. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, views a society that has been taken over by complacency. The audience is looking through the eyes of Guy Montag, a symbol of an average person today …show more content…
“Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me, I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it’ll make sense” (Bradbury 82). This is where Montag shows his true feelings about his society. This quote shares a deeper message than Ray Bradbury is showing. Montag wants someone to listen to what he is saying which compares to Clarisse in the beginning of the story. He wants his cry for help to be heard. In Bradbury’s society everyone is too consumed in themselves that they don’t put forth effort to help anyone else. This is the biggest problem in today’s society. Suicide is a heavy topic but is worth talking about. Teen depression is huge today which caused Netflix to release a show called 13 Reasons Why. This series is about prevention and looking for signs of depression. There is a deeper meaning behind the show and behind Bradbury’s quote. The goal isn’t to pay attention to signs of suicide or depression but to take action when someone is throwing them in your face. Individuals are too focused on what is going on in their life that they don’t want the burden of other people’s problems. People cry out for help but this generation chooses to look past them until it’s too late. “It doesn’t matter what you …show more content…
People today are too afraid to be bothered by anything real in the World. The goal of Fahrenheit 451 is to open the eyes of the reader to give them the chance to change the way they’ve been living. Clarisse McClellan woke Montag up from his complacent state which is what Bradbury is trying to do to his audience. If people start to replace the word complacency with dissatisfaction the opportunities to better the World are

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