Theme Of Dystopia In Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 explores a dystopian society in the future where fire fighters make fires. According to the government books are the Bain of society and for that reason they should be pasteurized and eliminated. Firefighters go to reported houses and burn all the books and take the owner to an asylum, whether or not they are truly insane. The lack of books in their society has driven people to become unknowledgeable and distant in new ideas. The lack of character and personality of the citizens in Fahrenheit 451 exposes the elements of the dystopia they live in.
Without books, people in Bradbury’s society lack of knowledge to think on their own. Montag after meeting Clarisse for the first time is very curious about the strange
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Beatty is explaining to Montag how if anything causes problems it must be eliminated. Books, he says are the vain of society because they hurt people. If everyone must be happy books have to be eradicated, Beatty tells Montag. He goes lecturing and adds, “Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them too. Five minutes after a person is dead he’s on his way to the Big Flue, he incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country… Let’s not quibble over individuals… burn all” (59). When Beatty says this he holds no emotion, just as robot. Funerals are a grieving period after the loss of a loved one and the idea of incinerating a beloved person is absurd to the families of the dead. Though the only reason funerals are banned is because they create sadness. Overtime people adapted to this ruling and let it be riving all emotion out of everyone. This depersonalization drives all emotional personality of the citizens in the society. After finding a copy of the old and New Testament Montag calls Faber, an English professor, who he had met a year ago in a park. Wanting to bring the book to him Montag sets off but is stopped by Mildred. She asks him if he will be there in time for dinner. In response Montag says, “Millie? Does the white clown love you...? Does your ‘family’ love you, love you very much, lover you with all their heart and soul, Millie?” (7). Millie responds by not giving straight answer she shows how she cares more about her TV program than her own husband. Mildred allows the ‘parlor’ to take precedence over her real life and cares not at all for Montag. Her emotionless connection to her own husband depicts the highly depersonalized state she lives in. Many people in the present society get sucked into their electronics and lose connection with others, like in Bradbury’s society. At dinner table everyone is on their phones texting or

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