Fahrenheit 451 Dystopian Society Essay

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Living as a Dystopian Society The Oxford English Dictionary defines dystopia as “an imaginary place or condition in which everything is as bad as possible.” Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a society that lives in a dystopia. There is no individuality or imagination. Everyone is expected to be the same. The lack of literature creates a society without intelligence. In one review the author states, “In an important scene in Ray Bradbury's novella Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty (the leader of the firemen tasked with burning books in a futuristic, dystopian society) articulates for Montag (the protagonist) the fundamental idea underpinning the laws and norms of this oppressive and ignorant society” (Brown). Literature or words in general are forbidden and against the law. This loss of literacy and knowledge hurts society, yet they believe that this is for the…show more content…
One man suggests, “She is so devoid of introspection and reflection that, at one point, Montag discovers that she cannot even remember how they met (Brown). It is suggested that she is a temptress. Another review states, “Instead of merely seducing the male protagonist out of his earthly paradise, she charms him into seeing it in a new manner” (Grossman). She tries to convince Montag that he is sick from reading books. There is no room for books in her life, and she ends up turning Montag in to the authorities. She is the perfect example of a mindless drone without individuality or feeling. Fahrenheit 451 is an example of a dystopian society. Individuality, reading, and intelligence aren’t accepted in society. Brown says, “As a result, society has become vapid, more interested in mindless entertainment than knowledge, understanding, and critical thought, and the ability to discern between two fundamental documents has no place.” Taking literature away did not make all people the same; it just made them without thoughts and feelings of their

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