Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1076 Words Apr 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Joseph Brodsky once said, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” In one interview, Ray Bradbury echoed these words in regard to his science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, which tackles the idea of a society both burning and not reading books. Although Fahrenheit 451 classifies as fiction, the novel highlights several problems that now appear in reality. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 exhibits how technology possesses the capability of affecting people negatively through the characters’ actions and the story’s made-up creations.

Bradbury’s characters show how immersing oneself in technology causes a deficit in proper emotional response. Mrs. Phelps serves as an excellent example. Mrs. Phelps is a “normal” member in her society, presenting indifference concerning serious topics like war and such. However, when Montag reads the poem “Dover Beach” to Mildred and a few of Mildred’s friends, one reads that “Mrs. Phelps was crying” (100). Mrs. Phelps experiences a strong current of emotions as a result of the poem, but when Mildred asks Mrs. Phelps for the cause of the tears, Mrs. Phelps responds, “I just don’t know, oh, oh…” (100). Mrs. Phelps is so accustomed to the norm of apathy and ignorance that she finds herself unable to distinguish the cause of her emotions. In modern society, this would not be considered “normal.” Even worse, the people around Mrs. Phelps accept that tears exclusively stem from unpleasant experiences, which Mrs. Bowles…

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