Essay PreviewMore ↓
Dystopia in Fahrenheit 451
Just by reading the first few lines of the opening paragraph of Fahrenheit 451, we get the feeling of a dystopia right away. Firemen burning books, instead of putting out fires that start in homes. Who ever heard of that? <AVOID USINING QUESTIONS, THEY WAEKEN THE PAPER.> This is crazy thinking right off the start, yet Bradbury carries us through as if we are travelers to this time and place. We are the unseen eyes that see the cataclysmic events that turn Guy Montag's life upside down. We watch him rise, then fall, then meet with outsiders like himself. We watch, how fugitives are tracked down using a mechanical dog, and how people love to watch the chase on their "off the wall" television sets. Could this be how Bradbury thinks our society is going to turn into? Maybe not as drastic, but maybe the censorship could happen, couldn't it? <I WAS UNDER THE IMPRSSION THAT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A FORMAL PAPER, NOT AN OPINION PAPER.>
Ray Bradbury is compared to Arthur C. Clarke as a "poetic science fiction writer" (Watt). This is so, because Bradbury takes a more elegant path to laying out his dystopia. People in his story are so into the now, and pleasure for the moment, that they forget the morals and ethics they came from, because they are clouded by smoke. <EXPLAIN WHAT YOU MWAN BY SMOKE.> Take for instance the wall-sized televisions. This became the populace's way of interacting with others without physically interacting with them. People on FURTURISTIC TELEVISION were your "family", who would keep you company and be your "friend". Still, a place where books were burned and houses were supposedly "fireproof", you have to admit this world is out of whack.<THIS SENTANCE IS SLANG AND MEANS VERY LITTLE.> If we look at Montag's wife for instance, we see how entrenched people have become AND just WANT TO BE happy,t carrying NONE for what happens to the ideas that are in books. I think Bradbury is trying to tell us not to rely TOO heavily on technology or it will consume us. In the future we may take books for granted, because they are the essence of free speech, and free ideologies. By HAVING the books burned, people forget, and have nothing to trace back, only leaving what is THE PRESESNT REALITY.
How to Cite this Page
"Dystopia in Fahrenheit 451." 123HelpMe.com. 25 Aug 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Ray Bradbury comments the censorship in the future, even though this novel was written in the early 1950's by showing these same ideas in a dystopian novel called Fahrenheit 451. He shows the readers how terrible censorship really is by writing about it in his novel. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses "technological controls", such as television and seashells, to show the reader about how controlled the public is by the government and how their minds are being controlled by these certain technologies in the twenty-first century.... [tags: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451]
1134 words (3.2 pages)
- Fahrenheit 451’s Relevance to Today Fahrenheit 451’s relevance to today can be very detailed and prophetic when we take a deep look into our American society. Although we are not living in a communist setting with extreme war waging on, we have gained technologies similar to the ones Bradbury spoke of in Fahrenheit 451 and a stubborn civilization that holds an absence on the little things we should enjoy. Bradbury sees the future of America as a dystopia, yet we still hold problematic issues without the title of disaster, as it is well hidden under our Democracy today.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Censorship]
1147 words (3.3 pages)
- Often, dystopian novels are written by an author to convey a world that doesn’t exist, but criticizes aspects of the present that could lead to this future. Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1951 but discusses issues that have only increased over time. The encompassing issue that leads to the dystopic nature of this novel is censorship of books. The government creates a world in which it is illegal to have any books. Firemen are enforcers of this law by being the ones to burn the books and burn the buildings where the books were found.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Censorship, Dystopia]
1268 words (3.6 pages)
- In Fahrenheit 451, the reader gets a very vivid description of the deplorable dystopian society by reading only the first few pages. Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury in 1953. A dystopia is an imaginary place where everything is as miserable and horrific as it could possibly be for the citizens. Guy Montag is the central character and a fireman, under the command of his superior fireman, Captain Beatty. Montag walks home with seventeen year old Clarisse, who asks him many unusual questions, which gets him thinking about his job.... [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay]
862 words (2.5 pages)
- “Fahrenheit 451” is an internationally acclaimed book and one of Ray Bradbury’s best works. The world he envisions is a bleak, dystopian world where technology has overtaken society and deprived them of creativity and imagination. He describes a single man that is woken to the world around him by an unlikely character, and causing him to venture out of his bland life for something greater. This man would go through many challenges and dangers, but would achieve his goal in the end. Ray Bradbury does preform an outstanding job in writing about the bleak future he envisions, and his readers take notice.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Ray Bradbury]
1025 words (2.9 pages)
- Everyday, our world gains a new technology advancement. At first it began with a computer being created in the year of 1822 by Charles Babbage. Which now turned into having an everything being held on a 4.7-inch screen device. Engagements with other individuals are different now. Preferably teenagers would rather create a group message than start a conversation. The amount of terrorist attacks and technology consumed on a daily basis created a suspicion upon the government. Fahrenheit 451 and Minority report authors both demonstrate their concern on the effect of technology and government have on our future.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Guy Montag]
735 words (2.1 pages)
- Set in a dystopic future where books are burned instead of read, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has a tone of defiance and enlightenment throughout, which is also seen in the painting Joan of Arc 's Death at the Stake by Hermann Anton Stilke. They deal with society and challenging beliefs, as well as being true to what they know is right. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag is defiant against society by breaking the mould of the blank-faced consumer. He begins to think for himself and question his own actions as a Fireman when he meets Clarisse, a girl who looks at life with wonder.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Ray Bradbury]
1022 words (2.9 pages)
- Renowned American music artist, Kanye West, has recently announced himself as a candidate to contest the 2020 election for President of the United States of America. West is “a proud non-reader of books” and for a man aiming to become one of the most powerful heads of state in the world, this is a horrendously ignorant view to have against books, which open questions and detail important knowledge. There is cause for concern, as his views regarding printed stories in general, alarmingly resonate with those depicted by society in Fahrenheit 451; a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury in 1953, which takes the reader into a world whereby firemen are employed to burn intellectual contraband w... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Ray Bradbury]
1463 words (4.2 pages)
- The vision is bleary and hazy, and only the noise of crepitating flames dissipated over the cornsilk colored pages of a book can be made out. In Ray Bradbury’s enthralling novel Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag the protagonist, embraces the occupancy of a fireman in a futuristic society. However, firemen from this epoch ignite ghastly infernos rather than cease them. Within this dystopian government, books are banned and disintegrated with scorching flames upon discovery, and Montag has no remorse about his responsibility.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Ray Bradbury]
714 words (2 pages)
- Ray Bradbury introduces in his novel, Fahrenheit 451 (1953), a dystopian society manipulated by the government through the use of censored television and the outlaw of books. During the opening paragraph, Bradbury presents protagonist Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books, and the society he lives in; an indifferent population with a extreme dependence on technology. In Bradbury’s novel, the government has relied on their society’s ignorance to gain political control. Throughout the novel, Bradbury uses characters such as Mildred, Clarisse, and Captain Beatty to show the relationships Montag has, as well as, the types of people in the society he lives in.... [tags: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Ray Bradbury]
874 words (2.5 pages)
While critics believe that Bradbury writes TOO briefly and does not take the time to develop his story and characters, I believe that if we do NOT heed the lessons of this story, or any dystopia story, we may be fated to live THE STORIES. There may not be a lot of truth and realism to Bradbury's story, but he makes us open our eyes, and makes us think a little bit more about the world around us. By doing thiS, the book HAS accomplished its task. Fahrenheit 451 reminding everyone not to be drawn in to censorship and what the government has to say, but what to they themselves are thinking, feeling, and reading.
<WHO IS WE?>We get the feeling in the book, that it is not the government that made this society. That it was the people that did it to themselves, by choosing not to read books any more, and choosing to live for superficial happiness. Nobody is going around with a gun to their heads saying, "Do not read books.", <NO JUST FIRE!> but we get the feeling that people fear what is in books. Even if Bradbury chooses not to go into much "political detail" (Watt), the government is basically in control, with people being, in essence, mindless drones or slaves.
According to one critic<WHICH ONE?>, Fahrenheit 451, "is etched in our minds long after we've finished the book" (Schellenberg), is a fairly accurate remark on the book. After you put down the book, you sit and think, what if the world was like that, then I would NOT be holding this book in my hands to begin with, thereby leaving nobody to warn me of the impending danger of censorship.
I think Bradbury is trying to predict and warn us of the dangers that lurk ahead if we keep on continuing to rely on technology and machines, and forget the old ways of doing things, like reading, and go onto easier ways such as the wall-sized TELEVISIONS.<THIS IS A RUNON SENTANCE.> Bradbury wants to keep us alert, keep our eyes peeled on the future and hope it is NOT as bleak as his dystopic world. Fahrenheit 451 is truly and "eye opener" for the human mind... it makes you think.
1. YOU NEED TO WRITE IN THIRD PERSON.
2. DO NOT USE CONTRACTIONS AND SLANG.
3. YOU SEEM PASSIONATE ABOUT THE TOPIC, BUT YOU NEED TO SUPPORT WHAT YOU THINK WITH QUOTATIONS AND CITATIONS.
4. TAKE A MORE SERIOUS APPROACH AND YOU COULD HAVE AN EXCELLENT PAPER.