Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1651 Words Aug 20th, 2016 7 Pages
In a society that outlaws books, you’d assume every citizen would want to rebel against this rule. However, most people in Ray Bradbury’s fictional society in the novel Fahrenheit 451 blindfully accept this and follow to the government’s orders. This is slightly similar to our society in the positive ways of how we challenge those that don’t want us to form our own thoughts, as well in the ways that technology has unfortunately glued us to our phones. However, there are some differences between the two that prove our society is nowhere near a dystopia. In modern society, we have the freedom to find limitless information, as well as the ability to establish communications through technology that Fahrenheit 451 doesn’t.
As a novel written in the 1950s, Bradbury portrayed all of the negative ways he thought technology would impact our current world, but he ignored all of the positive effects it could potentially have. Members of our society and the fictional society of Fahrenheit 451 are able to challenge those that don’t want them to form their own thoughts, like the government, through the use of technology to gain and process information. As Montag was reading a line from one of his books to Mildred, he quotes a line from Gulliver’s Travels, “It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break eggs at the smaller end” (Bradbury 65). It’s ironic that Montag quotes this specific book, because it is also about rebellion,…

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