Your essay is about the similarities between the dystopian society described in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and the state of present and future society given the nature of our increasing dependence on modern technology. Your discussion of the novel is very limited in scope, however. Your essay seems to depend on your reader's knowledge of the novel and the type of society it describes, whereas I think it ought either to inform the reader fully of the nature of that society (with extensive reference, quotation, and analysis) or give up using the novel as a touchstone for modern society's technological woes. Another general problem with the essay is that it tends to be one-sided. You tend to look only at one (negative) side of the impact of technology. You also look only at alleged similarities between modern society and the society described by Bradbury. I think your essay would be more compelling as a whole if you acknowledged the possible advantages of technology and conceded the differences between the two societies; we are not burning books yet, and arguably technology makes more books available to more people than ever before. Burning books, of course, is a heightened form of censorship, which is an issue relevant to the discussion of modern society that you might consider addressing in your essay.
The theme of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 can be viewed from several different angles. First and foremost, Bradbury's novel gives an anti-censorship message. Bradbury understood censorship to be a natural outcropping of an overly tolerant society. Once one group objects to something someone has written, that book is modified and censorship begins. Soon, another minority group objects to something else in the book, and it is again edited until eventually the book is banned altogether. In Bradbury's novel, society has evolved to such an extreme that all literature is illegal to possess. No longer can books be read, not only because they might offend someone, but because books raise questions that often lead to revolutions and even anarchy. The intellectual thinking that arises from reading books can often be dangerous, and the government doesn't want to put up with this danger. Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the benefits of knowledge. Yes, knowledge can cause disharmony, but in , knowledge of the past, which is recorded in books, can prevent man from making similar mistakes in the present and future.
The society envisioned by Bradbury in 451 is often compared to Huxley's Brave New World. Though both works definitely have an anti-government theme, this is not the core idea of Bradbury's novel. As Beatty explains in part one, of people's lives was not a conspiracy of dictators or tyrants, but a consensus of everyday people. People are weak-minded; they don't want to think for themselves and solve the troubling problems of the world. It is far easier to live a life of seclusion and illusion-a life where the television is reality. Yet more importantly, Fahrenheit 451 is an anti-apathy and anti-dependence and anti-television message. People in the novel are afraid-afraid of themselves. They fear the thought of knowing, which leads them to depend of others (government) to think for them. Since they aren't thinking, they need something to occupy their time. This is where television comes in. A whole host of problems arise from television: violence, depression and even suicide.
You only need to get a couple pages into Fahrenheit 451 to realize this bookless future isn't Sure, the dreaded book report might be a thing of the past, but People are dull, thoughtless, and addicted to TV. The government has a creepy amount of control over the population, plumbers have replaced medics, and firemen no longer put out fires; they start them.
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A wonderful article on a wonderful novel. I guess we can all think of one book that affected us more than the others – mine was this one, and ten years after reading it, I would still say that Fahrenheit 451 is my favourite novel.
"Fahrenheit 451 Theme Essay". Anti Essays. 8 Nov. 2017
He was such a beautiful and brave and good man. He inspired me for life. Thank you for encouraging everyone to read “Fahrenheit 451” – people – read this, read his short stories, read his novels, read it all. They’re gorgeous.