Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451"

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Imagine a society in which technology is so advanced that printed material is no longer necessary nor is it desired. The citizens sit in their parlors surrounded by television screens which consume their walls and constantly blare noise so stifling that one cannot even remember the plot of the show. Before bed, they plug their ears with “seashell” earphones which spew out even more clamor. In the mornings, they drive to work at 100 mph and occupy their time throughout the day with insignificant activities to the point where they cannot entertain their minds with anything meaningful. Above all, the people of this society shun books and remain ignorant about their history and anything beyond their lifestyles. This is the society which Ray Bradbury conjures up in Fahrenheit 451 using science fictional elements to convey the importance of remembering, freedom of speech, and less reliance on machinery. Science fiction was the best medium to help Bradbury express his ideas because it provides the proper balance of fiction and non-fiction which other genres cannot. Although science fiction is classified strictly as fiction, it has elements of both non-fiction and fiction. The genre of fiction encompasses mystery, horror, action, fantasy, etc. and the genre of non-fiction can be historically or scientifically based. Science fiction is a blend of fantasy and scientific fact while not leaning too heavily on one side. To clarify, science fiction differs from fantasy because some of its imaginary elements can be made possible since they have groundings in science. Fantasy, however, is completely fabricated and cannot be justified by science. For example, science fiction can be about future technology or space travel and fantas... ... middle of paper ... ... Web. 4 June 2010. . Feldman, Robert S. "Learning." Essentials of Understanding Psychology. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2008. Print. Fishburn, Matthew. "Books Are Weapons: Wartime Responses to the Nazi Bookfires of 1933." Book History 10 (2007): 223-51. Project MUSE. Web. 4 June 2010. . Myhre, Oyvind. Science Fiction: A Vision of Liberty. London: Libertarian Alliance, 1986. Print. "Panasonic Develops World's Biggest Plasma TV." PhysOrg.com - Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, Medicine. Web. 03 June 2010. . "When Books Burn: A University of Arizona Special Collections Exhibit." The University of Arizona University Libraries. Web. 04 June 2010. .

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