The Use Of Beatty's Speech In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Through the use of Beatty’s speech in the science fiction novel “Fahrenheit 451”, Ray Bradbury solidifies his initial emotions towards society, referring to it as a wretched species whose self-interest; specifically, the urge to fill every part of its emotional spectrum in order to feel fulfilled and happy comes to it at a great cost, that cost being the progression of the species as a whole and the information gained from the development we achieve. As Beatty tells Montag “What's the point of life if someone's not happy”? From the beginning of Beatty’s speech, Bradbury directs his writing in a way that everything Beatty says is done in short words or sentences, alongside utilizing onomatopoeia words. Beatty doesn’t make complex sentences …show more content…
This is perfectly represented in this quote “Speed up the film…” (pg.73).With the quote, Bradbury is comparing Beatty to the world that he is present in, by doing things like making him speed up, shorten everything and raise his voice with the use of exclamation marks. By structuring his language in such a way, Bradbury is relating the speech to the world shown in the story. The world is becoming simpler. People do everything fast paced so there is no time to mention or even look at the details. People simply don’t take into account any small details that happen continuously throughout their lives. Furthermore, Bradbury continues supporting his thesis about society when Beatty says the following “The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks that much time to think while dressing at dawn.” (pg.73, 74).What Bradbury was trying to tell us with this quote is that man shortens his time needed to finish everyday tasks for which you have to plan ahead for, leaving them clueless as to what they’ll do for the rest of their day; however, this does leave people to do anything they want which consequently makes them feel happy. Such despairing sentences further …show more content…
For this idea alone, the novel is able to gain a bitter tone that haunts the reader throughout its runtime and make him think whether the time that they are reading the novel at is actually the moment when the novel is a depiction of their present day. The first sign in the novel that books were dying is that people lost interest since they demanded for books to be more entertaining using illustrations as shown here “More cartoons in books. More pictures. The mind drinks less and less.”(pg.75). Moreover, the quote that follows is a perfect Segway for what occurs in the fore mentioned quote, it goes as follows “So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. (pg.77).The metaphor present in the quote displays the society in the book as greedy considering they only demand profit thus they burn the books that are holding back the sales of magazines leading them to become extinct objects. Bradbury grants us two more clues as to how books faded away with two quotes “pretty colors running up and down the walls like confetti or blood or sherry or sauterne . . .” (pg.74) and “Magazines became a nice blend of

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