Domination of Technology Over Reality Strips Away Regard for Life

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New inventions are constantly being produced everyday. Though these contributions are meant to benefit society, that objective is not the only feature contributed. If technology is excessively depended upon, like the magnitude of reliance in the novel, Fahrenheit 451, then the significance of life will disintegrate. This book, set in futuristic America, displays the consequences caused when all original thought is forbidden to develop, resulting in the end of genuine contentment. Books are engulfed in flames by the hands of the city firefighters, such as the protagonist Guy Montag, on a daily basis to enforce this law. However while doing so, a sense of curiosity sparks up from within him. This craving for knowledge leads him to defy not only higher authorities, but also the society as a whole. With the omissions of the Seashell radios, Montag's near automotive collision, and the malevolent presence of the Mechanical Hound, the Hollywood rendition of the classic novel, Fahrenheit 451, inadequately conveys the theory that permitting technological advances to take control of the lives of a society and to in turn give those lives more time for themselves leads to the devaluing of life.

Lacking the Seashell radios causes the movie to unsuccessfully represent the idea that being overly dependent of technology results in the disregard for life. As Montag enters his dark, bleak bedroom, he glances at the separate bed next to his. He verbally illustrates, "And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind" (p. 12). Mildred's need for these hearing implements tells a great deal about her character. While listening to the melodious sounds, her mind drifts off to a distant land where...