Fahrenheit 451 Technology Analysis

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A fireman, Guy Montag, lives in a futuristic society in which books are outlawed. As a fireman, Guy must take part in the burning of any and all books which have survived. A different take on their society from a free-minded girl, Clarisse McClellan, challenges Montag to think for his own and go against the very people whom he has always worked for ending with the complete destruction of the city. In the futuristic dystopia of Fahrenheit 451, technology has unknowingly become the main adversary to all people alike. The parlor-walls are one of the many things have been plaguing all of society. The walls give people thoughts and ideas, rather than allowing them to think freely and be individuals. With the banning of books, people are even…show more content…
Cutting off all creativity and independent thinking forced everyone to unintentionally begin to think the exact same way and thus technology became everyone’s downfall. Guy Montag, the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451, starts off with the same mentality as everyone else. “It was a pleasure to burn.” (Bradbury, 1). He saw nothing wrong with how society was governed, had no problems obeying the law to burn books, even thought it was the right thing to do. It wasn’t until he began to actually see the world around him that questions began to flood his mind. He questioned the burning of books; after reading several books for himself he questioned the law. Guy Montag is someone who will wholeheartedly believe in something until shown otherwise. Captain Beatty, unlike most firemen, is well-read and like Montag at one point in his life became curious as to what may lie in the mysterious books which they burn. Throughout the novel Beatty quotes from many things ranging from biblical terms to Greek mythology. “Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he’s burnt his damned wings, he wonders why.” (Bradbury, 107). Though unlike Montag, Beatty gave up on books. He realized after reading several of them that they would not give him the answers he so very much desired, they would only allow him to think and reach those answers himself, making him give up…show more content…
The Hound growled.” foreshadowing that the Hound suspects Montag of something to do with books (Bradbury, 23). Irony in the novel can be found in the very beginning of the story when firemen are first introduced. “Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?” (Bradbury, 6). The firemen in the story start fires rather than put them out. Mood is also a large part in the novel. Bradbury creates a dark, gloomy world that perfectly portrays the dystopia he most likely envisioned. “The room was cold…His wife stretched on the bed, uncovered and cold” (Bradbury 10). Bradbury uses adjectives like “cold” to get his point across: that the world they live in, even their own home, is not

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