Examples Of Memory In Fahrenheit 451

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(AGG) In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury explores what happens to a society in which knowledge and memory are regulated by the government. (BS-1) In the novel, the government uses technology to distract their citizens from the hidden truth. (BS-2) By doing this, the government gains power and control over their people. (BS-3) Eventually, the individuals in society are harmed both physically and mentally by their loss of knowledge. (TS) Ray Bradbury’s message in Fahrenheit 451 regarding knowledge and memory is that they are dangerous to regulate.

(MIP-1) The government uses technology to distract their citizens. (SIP-A) Individuals are distracted by technology. (STEWE-1) When Montag meets with Faber, he says, “Nobody listens any more. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t
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Why? Because they were too distracted by watching the chase happen on TV then to look for and report Montag themselves! (SIP-B) Individuals lose memory or have trouble remembering things because of technology. (STEWE-1) When Montag is on the train to Faber’s, he has this experience; “There were people in the suction train but he held the book in his hands and the silly thought came to him, if you read fast and read all, maybe some of the sand will stay in the sieve. But he read and the words fell through… Trumpets blared. ‘Denham's Dentrifice.’ Shut up, thought Montag. Consider the lilies of the field… ‘Shut up, shut up, shut up!’... The train radio vomited upon Montag, in retaliation, a great ton-load of music made of tin, copper, silver, chromium, and brass. The people were pounded into submission; they did not run, there was no place to run; the great air-train fell down its shaft in the earth” (74-75). Montag cannot memorize the Bible passage he is reading because of societal and technological distractions, and no one else on the train can concentrate on anything else

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