Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1584 Words May 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout time, technology has evolved from fire and stone stools to electronic phones and television. Although technology has certainly improved the lives of many, it has also hurt many others, which is illustrated in a quote by Carrie Snow. “Technology … is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” While contemporary technologies certainly can be beneficial to society, at the same time they can wound society making technology the root of all good and evil. This statement is proved not only in the fictional world of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, but also in the real world.
As demonstrated in Fahrenheit 451, technology can be advantageous to the consumer. In the beginning, as Montag pleasures himself by burning books, the reader assumes that the house burns down with the books. However, later it is revealed that all the houses are built to be fireproof. “It was a flaking three-storey house in the ancient part of the city, a century old if it was a day, but like all houses it had been given a thin fireproof plastic sheath many years ago” (Bradbury 32-33). As it would prevent deaths from a burning structure collapsing on a person, fireproof houses serves as technology that is beneficial to the consumer. Furthermore, the Hound is an example of technology that offers great gifts to the person. The Hound is a robot dog that hunts down fugitives who have broken the law. “It just functions. It 's like a lesson in…

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