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TV is the enemy in Fahrenheit 451. It’s responsible for replacing literature, intellectualism, and curiosity. On top of that, it’s become a substitute for family, friendship, and any sort of real conversation. Relationships? Pshhht, who needs those?
We learn that the TV reigns supreme in the future because of the "happiness" it offers. People are happier when they don’t have to think, or so the story goes. TV aside, technology is the government’s means of oppression, but also provides the renegade’s opportunity to subvert.
We wonder what Bradbury would have to say about smartphones.
Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.
The restrictions on literature in Fahrenheit 451 represent the novel’s main concern : the perversion of the natural world by man’s use of technology.
Show MoreHave you ever sat at a table surrounded by friends whose eyes were glued to their phones? According to ABC News, kids spend an average of seven and a half hours on technology and only 38 minutes of reading in a day. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the society is very similar to ours. Technology has taken over and has made society very closed minded. People are unwilling to remove their eyes from large TV screens to see why things happen, and to notice all the little things in life that make it worth living. Without open-mindedness and curiosity, society would corrupt like in Fahrenheit 451, all because of an overuse of technology. Technology causes society to become a dystopia and once the society is one, there comes a point…show more content…
Being sucked into technology is like only seeing straight ahead, and not aware that there is the entire world is there. When someone is so focused on their own thing it makes people become distant and not aware of other people and being aware of people starts conversation and communication, which has been lost between nearly every citizen living in their society. Montag remembers how “One time, as a child, in a power failure, his mother had found and lit a last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions…and they, mother and son, alone, transformed, hoping that the power might not come on again too soon” (5). Technology pulls people apart and when technology is not working, people come together again and the feeling changes the perspective from which one views technology. The ideal society is one where people do not rely on technology and everybody connects with each other and shares a special bond. Like nearly everybody in their society, Mildred, Montag’s wife, is only interested in technology. Mildred has been hypnotized by her shiny parlor walls and the “shells” that are constantly in her ear. Technology has held her back from living because it has distracted her from everything around her. Someone who was not being distracted by technology is Granger, a wise homeless man, who tells Montag that when his