Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Technology has given great benefits to our society. Television and radio has provided us entertainment in the comfort of our own home, and earphones allow us to either keep that entertainment to ourselves, or simply escape from the world when it has become too much. But these wonderful devices offer not only benefits, but also detriment if we are not careful. Such a result is evident in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451. The story is based on an advanced society where technology is completely integrated into almost everyone's lives. The sole dependence on technology has caused this society to crumble into a hive mind of self-indulgence and distraction, as well as ignorance and indifference. The television screens in Fahrenheit 451’s society are the main source of everyone’s entertainment and enjoyment. It is put to good use when Montag is on the run from the police and meets Granger, a leader of intellectual exiles, who shows him the chase through a small television screen. However, it is not Montag who is being chased by the Mechanical Hound. While showing “Montag” being hunted down on television, Granger tells Montag, “You threw them off at the river…The show’s got to have a snap ending, quick!…They’ll catch Montag in the next five minutes” and it shows a different man being captured on-screen (148). Even though Montag had cut them off at the river, the police continued the chase with a different person to keep the audience in their seats. The chase is treated less seriously than it should be intended, as if it was a show with actors that were easily replaceable. Something like a manhunt is reduced to another source of entertainment for the people who are watching, which keeps them ignorant of the seriousness of the situation. Ignorance is apparent within Mildred Montag’s character as well, as she defends her precious “family” on the television screen. Mildred

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