Fahrenheit 451 Utopia Essay

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“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (New International Version, Genesis 6:5). Despite man’s greatest efforts to be perfect, man always falls short because of total depravity. Even the highest forms of meditation and concentration can not free one from continually thinking evil thoughts. Despite knowing humans possess a predisposition to flaws, we show a fascination with the search for perfection. Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World both portray a utopia through the inspiration of the current society and predictions of future societies. Written in 1953 by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates his concerns during the McCarthy era…show more content…
Fahrenheit 451 produces a discussion on the world’s problems at large, but specifically the early 1950s in America. To express his frustration, he speaks through Montag saying, “So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life” (Bradbury 83). To sustain an undisturbed society, it is helpful to decrease literacy. Without the ability to read, truthful recorded details can not be discovered and flowers of criticism and intelligence can not be blossomed. Moreover, the more the citizens are free to discover, the greater chance of differing opinions. Involved in literature is the perceived danger of influence and straying from the desired normality.The narrative embodies a concern for the crisis of book burning and what its effects will be on endangering the fabric of American society. To show his concern, Bradbury depicts realistic utopian possibilities for mankind. The utopia contradicts life in America and resembles a phoenix rising from the ashes America created (Zipes). Moreover, it is structured around fire and death, as though it was necessary to conceive new rituals and customs from the ashes of an America bent on destroying itself and possibly the world (Zipes). The burning of books represents the overwhelming problem of modern science: As man’s shining inventive intellect sheds more and more light on the truths of the universe, the increased knowledge he thereby acquires, if abused, can ever more easily fry his planet to a cinder. Not only will it burn as constructive energy, but also as a catastrophe (Watt). Because Bradbury writes carefully and consciously, he always has specific occurrences and connections when he projects the future (Zipes). Even though his novel is a reaction to the political and intellectual climate of the time, he leaves the details vague to insure it is applicable to the
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