The Dangers Of Society In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 may seem one dimensional at first glance; however, Bradbury was actually giving the world a warning in the form of an allegory. He was warning society of what may happen if people continue to be numb to the world around them and less focused on interpersonal relationships with each other. The novel focuses on the dangers that may come if the world continues the way it is going and shows that with these true antisocial behaviorisms comes destruction in society.It is of utmost importance that everyone in this society understands the massive impact that seemingly innocent actions makes. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 addresses the censorship that governments may employ in order to withhold knowledge from their …show more content…
The government’s purpose in this society was to maintain control. They did this by making its citizens as happy and comfortable as possible so people will blindly follow the path laid for them because they are content with life. The first sign that this society is complacent is their lack of caring when information is being taken from them. Books are being burned daily, and the more books that are burned, the less knowledge that is in circulation. Whenever Montag read an illegal poem to Mildred and her friends, they started crying because their happiness was replaced with knowledge about the evils of this world. Montag’s society chooses ignorance and bliss, while Montag himself believes that knowledge is power. People in his society believe “a book is a loaded gun in the house next door” (Bradbury 56). They truly think that as soon as an individual has knowledge, he or she becomes evil due to being more intelligent. Bradbury feared that books will no longer serve a purpose because people will become “increasingly anti-intellectual and see them as suspicious” (Ingram). What Bradbury created with this theme in his allegory is the true ignorance of a society as soon as the society puts on …show more content…
In Montag’s society, consuming pills to the point of death is so common that they had to get “special machines built” (Bradbury 13). These machines pump out all of the toxins in a person’s system in order to prevent them from dying from the excessive amount of poison in their blood. It is clear from this that people believed that any feeling other than happiness, is a negative thing that must be stopped. Many can argue that this is what today’s society believes. People often close their eyes and ears to have peace of mind. They would rather not know about the terrible things going on around the world (or even in their own country) and continue to pursue “The American Dream” - happiness. People in today’s world (like in Fahrenheit 451) often over-medicate themselves to numb the pain of whatever is going on in their life. “The misuse and abuse of prescription medications in the United States remains high, but few people are aware of just how big the problem really is” (NIDA). People believe that they must feel emotionally and physically great at all times, but human beings aren’t meant to be numb from pain and feelings. Ray Bradbury understood that this is how current day society is and he was working to tell the dangers of following the “everything must be perfect in life”

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