The Role Of Society In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the government overwhelms the members of the dystopian society in order to keep peace and order through a slew of distracting technology to keep the citizens constantly satiated. They are given no chance to think and formulate their own thoughts, but only utilize the tools around them for entertainment and as a means of amusing guests during social events. As a result, much of society willingly turns a blind eye to the actions of their government, as they do not perceive a problem with the way they live. One elite class in the society, the book-readers, are much more aware of the world around them. They sense the problems that exist as they have more experience with thinking and are no longer distracted by …show more content…
After having experienced books with Faber, Montag is eager to spread his enlightened mindset to others (Bradbury, 1991, p. 97). When Mildred has company over, he takes out a book of poetry and begins to read an excerpt despite the protests of the guests (Bradbury, 1991, p. 99). Yet, the guests are so used to hiding their deeper thoughts and feelings for more superfluous entertainment that they are unable to handle the emotions they feel during the reading (Bradbury, 1991, p. 99). Society and the government has taught them to be thoughtfully inept, only to take life at face value (Bradbury, 1991, p. 99). As Montag encourages Mildred to read with him, the two of them begin to grow away from the distractions of the government as they turn off their parlor walls and the robot maids in their house (Bradbury, 1991, p. 71). They focus on their books and are able to hear small noises outside, imperceptible before due to the technology (Bradbury, 1991, p. …show more content…
People like Faber and Clarisse are all better connected with their lives as they reject the technological pressures of society and decide rather to read books. In Bradbury’s society, technology was causing people to lose connections with their surroundings, to blur reality and virtual reality, and to conform to society. Bradbury shows the book-readers to be more aware of their environment; as a result, Bradbury reflects on how technology was affecting his own society. Clarisse and her family are able to enjoy nature, while those involved with technology in the 1950s were constantly trying to expedite life. Faber tries to stay away from technology, as he is able to act as the master of a book. Users of technology were slowly destroying this distinction as they allowed the technology to mold their minds. Even Montag is able to change his mindset and realize how others were unable to hold deep thoughts and feelings. Those in Bradbury’s society were unable to think for themselves as they were conforming to the ideals of the people around them. Bradbury was able to portray the dangers of technology through its overuse and active distraction in

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