Essay about Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

795 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Ray Bradbury characterizes his novel Fahrenheit 451 with excessive violence. Bloodshed, punishment, and cruelty are intrinsic components of Bradbury’s dystopian world, yet those who live there accept it as part of daily life. Because society normalizes psychologically damaging hobbies and behavior, citizens thoughtlessly practice reckless and self-destructive actions from dangerous driving to suicide. These violent tendencies are a symptom of the widespread underlying discontent that citizens deny. Bradbury suggests that without books and the values they contain, society loses many of its morals and qualities, most notably its ability to function happily and peacefully.

Whether it be through burning houses, broadcasting violent programs on TV, or repeatedly engaging the country in wars, the society in Fahrenheit 451 constantly subjects its citizens to forms of violence. The most prominent is the use of fire to obliterate anything that threatens the status quo - books, the problematic individuals who own them, and their houses. Fire is the solution to everything and a means to rid oneself of responsibilities and consequences with ease. Beatty exemplifies this belief when he comments “when a problem gets too burdensome, then into the fire with it” (109). Society reveres fire not only for its purging and cleansing power but its aesthetic qualities as well - “Fire is bright and fire is clean” (57). Montag observes that alarms always happen at night and asks himself if…

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