Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

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Bradbury’s Societal Criticisms Societies throughout history have had flaws. Even societies that are intended to be “perfect” have some undesirable trait about them. In Fahrenheit 451, the author, Ray Bradbury, criticizes the flaws in his society in the 1950s. Bradbury’s criticisms on the society in which he lived are reflected in the society he creates in his book. The growing use of technology, censorship, and the level of dissatisfaction with life that Bradbury sees in his society is displayed in the world of Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury considers the increase in technology use in his time diminishes the ability to think for oneself, creates distance between people, and replaces real human contact with artificial relationships. We first see evidence of this when the protagonist, Guy Montag, returns home from work to a wife that is listening to music through Seashell radios. He thinks the room is occupied at first, but realizes that “the room [is] indeed empty” once he sees the Seashells in her ears (16). Montag’s wife, Mildred, is so engaged with her Seashells and music that she has no original thoughts in her brain. Everything she knows has been fed to her through the technology she uses. According to Bradbury, technology also distances people from one another and limits communication. When Montag tries to read books, he doesn’t understand them but yearns to comprehend what he reads. However, he cannot speak to anyone about them because “nobody listens anymore.” His wife is…

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