"Burn em' to ashes, then burn the ashes",imagine a fireman saying these words, fireman that burn things to ashes instead of putting the ashes out; that use flame throwers instead of water hoses. In the futuristic distopian society created by Ray Bradbury in the book Fahrenheit 451 is the harsh reality that main character Montag must go through with his drug addicted wife, a retired English Professor named Faber, and a very intelligent fire captain named cap. Beatty, as well as a teenage girl named Clarise that is the symbol of purity. .
To begin with, violence is introduced multiple times throughout the book and is an example of how personal relationships can be torn down the middle by a single action. First, as Clarice says, "I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone," (Bradbury pg ) is an example of the fact that violence blocks relationships. As said by this child kids are afraid of what there friends are doing and that they would rather be with older more responsible people than there younger immature age. violence has led the kids to abandon there generation in search of something safer. This blocks personal relationships with the kids because kids don't even want to hangout with people there own age now. Second, "Far down the boulevard, four blocks away, the beetle had slowed, spun about on two wheels, and was now racing back, slanting over on the wrong side of the street, picking up speed," (Bradbury pg ) Bradbury is describing a violent scene where Montag is almost hit and killed but the drivers suddenly pull off. The result although good had some flaws that may no be visible from the surface but...
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...ology to the side and focuses on real things such as family, and friends. All in all, as Montags character advances in the story we begin to notice that technology is not that important and that books and knowledge should be at the center of our society not the technology that blocks him from personal relationships.
Family-like relationships are hard to come by but when they do they may be interrupted by bloodshed, changes in identity,as well as advances in modern technology. Although modern technology may help in certain scenarios overall it seems to replace the meaning of family and take over lives instead of enhancing them. This book is a warning to the future so far Bradbury has been spot on, this is your warning weather you listen to it or not is up to you.
Bradbury, Ray. “Fahrenheit 451.” New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks 2013.
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