Fahrenheit 451 Technology Essay

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America as described in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, is a chaotic, dystopian world. This America is an opposite to present day society. People are so preoccupied with technology; many cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality, nor do they seem interested in doing so. Conversations have become less intellectual and more about the latest television program. Books are nearly obsolete thanks to the work of the firemen, who burn the homes of those harboring books. Both the people and technology are at fault for the state of America because of their continued overuse of technology, their loss of interest in books and the the government's condemning of intelligence. The citizens of this distorted America spend their days entertained by the walls of their homes. These walls are simply massive television screens that play realistic programs. Mildred, Guy Montag’s wife, spends all her time talking to ‘the family’, who are just a television program. She speaks to Guy about this ‘family’ as if they actually exist which shows…show more content…
“Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did. Magazines became a nice blend of vanilla tapioca. Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater. No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said.” (Bradbury 57) Books were seen as evil instigators of thought and reasoning and those who were smart and opinionated were ostracized. “The word ‘intellectual’, of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.” (Bradbury 58). People began to find it easier to listen to radios and televisions or to look at pictures instead of reading. This lead to a rise in comic books and tabloids and a loss of interest in books among all those except the scholars and intellectuals, who hid their beloved books in their houses. Life became about convenience and ease with the need to think becoming

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