Relation To Technology In Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'?

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In a society where technology has taken over, few have been able to resist the temptation of the “parlor wall” and other distractions. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author describes a dystopian society where books are burnt, along with houses in which they are hidden. This is the job of firemen such as Guy Montag, and he enjoyed his job. One day, Montag meets Clarisse who changes his perspective about reality and the world that he lives in. After his encounter with Clarisse, who makes him curious about the past and future, he meets a former professor who tells him of a future in which people are unable to think, mainly because technology would take over their entire lives. The author’s purpose in writing this novel was to …show more content…
People have become so distracted by technology that when they feel that life has become too hard, they try to escape. They try to escape by committing suicide or, like Mildred, by “leaning [into the wall] anxiously, nervously, as if to plunge, drop, fall into that swarming immensity of color to drown in its bright happiness” (159). Bradbury uses diction in this quote to create a bleak and gloomy tone. He uses the words “anxiously” and “nervously” to make the scene ominous; the reader understands that something bad is about to happen. He also compares the light from the parlor wall to “bright happiness” to show that people in this society find easy and empty happiness in their technology. Instead of reaching to other people for comfort in a situation like this, people in this society try to escape their hardships and reality by “drowning” in the parlor wall where they can finally be …show more content…
He uses these literary devices to illustrate the effects of technology on people, their relationships, and their education. Bradbury’s point in writing this book is to warn the reader of the effects of having a detrimental relationship with technology such as seashell radios. In some sense, the effects that Bradbury wrote about are taking place in our society today. Face-to-face interactions are being replaced by electronic communication. Because of texting and talking on cellphones, people lose the ability to interpret facial expressions, body language and intonation, and therefore lose the ability to communicate effectively. Bradbury warns that one must always be mindful of technology because without proper balance, it may become the source of misery and

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