Analysis of Fahrenheit 451

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Novels portray issues that the readers can relate to. Some novels bring in themes that we are invited to explore so we understand our world better.

Bradbury is a writer who writes futuristic issues that can be related to reality. The issues he examines may not be happening at the time and may not seem real. However, his texts are warnings to society. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is about a world that is not real.

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). It is not perfect. The power blocks are running the lives of the people. When we read what happens we understand that unless we are aware of such situation, it can happen to any society.

Ray Bradbury tells of a society that is run and totally controlled by the government. Reading Books has been made illegal. The people have been brainwashed from controlled television and other state controlled technologies. Firemen are ordered to 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. He feels used. This society is self destructive in many ways. The State is over controlling and has taken away basic human rights of human beings. This is so wrong. It has taken all rights away and people do not feel valued individually.

People have become lazy, shallow and intolerant, and there is loss of relationship in family life has affected them badly. Fahrenheit 451 is a wonderful text that shows us the way society could end up if we let technology over take our lives. We need to appreciate nature and be close to nature. Not be slaves to technology.

Governments should be democratic, where people have a free and equal right to participate in a system of governing . That way they all feel valued. In Fahrenheit 451, the government is the complete opposite of a democracy, and does not let people think for themselves. It crushes their spirit.

The government brainwashes people by outlawing books, therefore blocking all chances of the people to develop their knowledge.

The government wants to stay on complete control, 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, also, stops people from free thinking and free speech. It stops them from asking too many "why" questions, because then people would wonder why books are illegal. When thinking rights are taken away, it is easy to control the people.

Fahrenheit 451 forewarns us that total control usually comes under the appearance of satisfying morals, whether they are: dictatorship, socialism, or freedom (Mogen 107). In Fahrenheit 451, the government knows what they must do to keep people from not asking questions, therefore not letting people think for themselves. People are disengaged from each other and are slaves to technology, and the TV . This is self destructive.


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