Fahrenheit 451 in Today’s World

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Fahrenheit 451 in Today’s World

In the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author creates a picture of a society that resembles our present-day society in a variety of ways. Although a society in which government has total control over its citizens seems to be a little extreme, there are definitely clues that can be seen today that suggest that we are headed in the same direction. Some of the resemblances between the society in Fahrenheit 451 and our society today are the governments’ hypocrisy, the gullibility of the citizens who fully support the government, and the fact that books are becoming rather extinct due to advances in modern technology.

When the novel’s main character, Guy Montag, commits a great crime and is being searched for, a man that was thought to be Montag was killed, while the real Montag escaped successfully. Describing this situation, Ray Bradbury writes: “The camera fell upon the victim, even as did the Hound. Both reached him simultaneously. The victim was seized by the Hound and camera in a great spidering, clenching grip. He screamed. He screamed. He screamed!” (149). In this case, the government killed an innocent civilian just so that they would not be blamed for letting Montag escape. Today, there are a few instances where the government has done exactly the same thing. For example, following the September 11 attacks, the U.S. went on a search for one of its biggest enemies, Osama bin Laden. David Johnson writes in his article, Osama bin Laden, Wealthy Saudi exile is a terrorist mastermind: “Binding their fate to bin Laden's, the Taliban became the target of air strikes...

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...ch as the government’s hypocrisy, brainwashing of citizens, and the extinction of books are quite apparent in our society. If our society relies too much on the biased media, there will soon come a day when all citizens will be brainwashed, and the government will be able to achieve anything it wants to, regardless of the reason behind it. Sadly, there will not be much being done about this situation until we all realize our mistakes through a very rude and unexpected awakening.

Works Cited

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: The Random House Publishing Group, 1996.

Johnson, David. “Osama bin Laden: Wealthy Saudi exile is a terrorist mastermind.” Infoplease.com. 1 April 2008.

Matusek, Matt. “Purpose of Iraq war murky to Americans.” 17 September 2004. The Online Rocket. 1 April 2008.

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