Utopia is an ideal and perfect place or state, where everyone lives in harmony and everything is for the best (Utopia). In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the world that Guy Montag lives in is an anti-utopian or a seemingly perfect place (Anti- utopian). Ray Bradbury tells of a society is run by the government, books are illegal, and people are brainwashed from television and other technologies. Firemen set fires to books, instead of help putting out fires. Montag, a fireman responsible for many book burnings, suddenly has a change of heart, and rebels against everything he has believed in, to everything he has come to believe in. This society is self destructive in many ways, the government is over controlling, people are lazy, shallow and intolerant, and there is loss of relationship in family life. Fahrenheit 451 is a very fascinating book that shows us the way society could be headed if we let technology get in the way of true learning: books.
One way this society is self- destructive, is that the government is too controlling. Governments are usually a democracy, where people have a free and equal right to participate in a system of governing (Democracy). In Fahrenheit 451, the government is the complete opposite of a democracy, and does not let people think for themselves. The government brainwashes people by outlawing books, therefore enabling ways of people to open their minds. The government wants to stay on top of things, and when Montag is escaping them they kill an imposter to show they have caught "Montag." Granger says, "They're faking. You threw them off at the river. They can't admit it. They know they can hold their audience so long. The show's got to have a snap ending quick!" (Bradbury 148). The government,