Research Paper On Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451: The Fifty-seven Year old Divination Occasionally, an author comes along that has such vision and poise that many people cannot see the true underlying motivation of his works. Fahrenheit 451, written in 1953, is such a novella. Fifty-seven years ago perhaps it was unspeakable to think that our society would one day banish books and discourage individuality; but does that same line of thought hold true today? Fahrenheit 451 is an accurate portrayal of the direction our society could take with massive influence of technology, government, and media. This essay is an attempt to correlate the dystopian environment of Fahrenheit 451 with today's culture. Fahrenheit 451 gives its readers examples of the shear lack of motivation to read. The lack of motivation is encouraged by government's law and technological influence. The population of Fahrenheit 451 is fearful of government wrath. This fear leads to the inevitable trepidation of books themselves. When Guy Montag presents his collection of books to his wife she, "backed away as if suddenly confronted by a pack of mice..." (66). Today, people fear the criticism of society. Children who constantly read are referred to as nerds, outcasts, loners, and even weird. With such hostility aimed at those who do read, others simply do not wish to be the victim of such negativity. Children today are much happier being accepted by their peers than they are expanding their own literary prowess. Consequently, we have a declining literary vocation in our own society. The pinnacle of this declination is starkly presented in Bradbury's novel. Troublingly, the bleak populist movement of today's youth against literature is frighteningly similar to that which led to the eventual total banishment of books in Fahrenheit 451. This is evident in the dialog in which the character Captain Beatty professes, "There was no

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