What Is The Role Of Technology In Fahrenheit 451

1119 Words 5 Pages
Technology is not only a way of life, but a powerful resource. Although it is beneficial, it can also be harmful if overused. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, many characters expose the addictive nature of technology. Mildred Montag, Guy Montag’s wife, is an example of the ”norm” of their society. She is stuck in the virtual world. However, Clarisse McClellan, a teenager in the novel, is a contrast to the society. She makes Guy question his whole life. Many people of today have strong views on technology, however the thought of a world without technology is unfathomable. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 exposes the negative effects of technology on a society; today, through technology and smartphones role in teens lives, a balance needs to be …show more content…
Mildred shows the readers what the “normal” person is like in their society. Her whole life is absorbed by technology, not knowing how to do anything without it. She often gets confused between the real world and the technological world. She asserts to Montag: “ ‘Will you turn the parlor off?’ he asked. ‘That’s my family” (Bradbury 48-49). This is a prime example of her mixing up her two worlds as she refers to the tv characters as her “family”. When Montag starts to undergo his change, he begins to not recognize her: “And suddenly she was so strange he couldn’t believe he knew her at all” (Bradbury 39). Mildred shows the readers the negativity of technology. However another character, Clarisse McClellan, contrasts Mildred and emphasizes the impact technology has had on her. Clarisse is a girl described as not one of her time. Her opposing views make her stand out among everyone else in her society. She is often viewed as a threat to law a enforcement. Clarisse explains: “I’m antisocial they say, I don’t mix. It’s so strange. Im very social indeed. It all depends what you mean by social, doesnt it?” (Bradbury 26-27). She opens the eyes of Montag in the novel because she has emotion, questions everything, and has goals in life. This was something that was not seen at all in her time. Teens her age were submissive, violent, and emotionless. These two characters expose …show more content…
According to the Pew report, nearly 75 percent of those between the ages of thirteen and seventeen own or have access to a smartphone, and 94 percent of these teens said they are online more than half the day (“Teens”). These statistics show that technology is overused and people are “addicted” to it. Countless teens have forgotten a life without technology; they can not go anywhere without their phone. Kids born in 2007 or after know nothing more than the iPhone; they were born in the technological revolution. In Fahrenheit 451, Mildred Montag, was addicted to the parlor walls. The parlor walls were huge walls of tv that interacted back and forth with the user. Many of today’s people can relate to Mildred because she always wants another wall, just like today’s people always need the “latest” iPhone. The emotions that many characters in Fahrenheit 451 felt are becoming more and more familiar to today’s society and it is people of today overuse

Related Documents