Analyzing Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Honors American Literature December 13, 2013 Fahrenheit 2013 “Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.” -Faber (Bradbury 2.178-81). A place exists today where beings walk forward on the same path they walk every day of their lives. With heads looking down and feet working independently, these beings move at the same rhythm as their brethren with a mind as dull as a rock. Their eyes beaming blankly at the “everything device,” computing to the brain that there is a brand new six second video out to stimulate the humor section of the brain, but not computing that there is a tree stump approaching. The beings are controlled by the device audibly saying where to turn next, instructing the brain to tell…show more content…
With the internet and all of its limitless features, one is given the opportunity to freely speak their mind without having to face his/her antagonist. It really is about the contrast between censorship and the freedom of speech. Many would say that Ray Bradbury’s main purpose of writing Fahrenheit 451 was not in fact to satirize censorship, but to talk about mankind’s dependence on media (Ingram 1). Despite this reality, much of the basic and metaphorical aspects of the story are based upon the idea of censorship. In the world of socially blind fireman Guy Montag, people’s state of mind was to employ firemen to burn books rather than to put out fires. The logic behind this act was never really told directly from the text, so the answer is left to the reader. Starting from when Montag is being told by Fire Chief Beatty the reason why firemen started burning books, Montag begins to open his mind and realize what he has missed. Guy is told that it started with the minorities, but Bradbury does not directly use the names of real minorities to prove his exact point of what follows (Bradbury 54). As time went on and books were still being read by the public, there seemed to be a dilemma; given the freedom of writing books, the writer could put his beliefs on paper and tell the world. However this was the problem. Every book that was written either offended a…show more content…
But usually he does not think for one moment that he could be doing something more valuable with his life. The public mentality is to keep our heads down, eyes beamed into a device, living day to day in this modern world. It is funny, really, to think about how shockingly similar our current society is to the outrageously ignorant society of Fahrenheit 451. Of these many parallels “The most startling similarity between Fahrenheit 451 and today’s society is the disparagement of reading and independent thinking” (Ivy 1). In the current day and age, people rarely pick up a book before they fall asleep, and most people probably could not explain what Aldous Huxley wrote. The way of life in Bradbury’s dystopia was to employ firemen to burn intelligence and promote mass ignorance in an act to create an equilibrium of knowledge. Montag’s wife, who was hospitalized after their house was bombed, was scrutinized by robots and robot-like humans to extract every bit of knowledge (human blood) inside of Mildred and replace it with mechanically administered blood. (Bradbury 17). This act showed society’s need for ignorance and a “don’t ask questions, that’s just the way it is” type of system. Another interesting similarity between this world and our own is “the complete self absorption that many of these citizens

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