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Panks Fahrenheit 451 essay 5/23/11 Fahrenheit 451: Literary Essay “Are you happy?” (14) she asked. A common question seemed so struggling and bizarre to Montag; especially because he was very far from happiness. The quote briefly describes the main idea of Fahrenheit 451 that Ray Bradbury desired to convey to the world. This novel’s lack of freedom and the issues faced is extremely bombastic and futuristic. Montag, Mildred, Clarisse, and Faber display many examples of unfair treatment through the plots. Modern Society’s destructive tendency toward technology, free thinking, and freedom of speech is clearly prophesized in this novel. The society in this novel abuses the great invention of technology in two ways. The mechanical hound is a great example; the machine is shaped like a dog but it is used for violent destruction of people who break the law. “It was like a great bee come home from some field where the honey is full of poison wildness, of insanity and nightmare, its body crammed with that overrich nectar, and now it was sleeping the evil out of itself.” (28) The hound is the complete opposite of what firedogs are used for in this century. Also, the entertaining television invented to amuse people is used for brainwashing. “That’s my family.” (52) declared Mildred, brainwashed to neglect her own family but believe that programs on her television is the real family. Along with Mildred, many other citizens show the same oblivious symptoms from the mind controlling television because the government makes the programs seem like perfection to people. This

Chung 2 gradually leads to lack of free thought; Mildred is depressed deeply inside without even realizing. Technology makes a violent imprint on readers of this novel. Free thinking is definitely limited in this novel. It has a huge impact on all characters and they are either brainwashed or have wide-open eyes to reality. An interesting lady named Mrs. Phelps introduced in this novel that is also indoctrinated, “sobbed uncontrollably,” (103) when Montag read a poem called “Dover Beach” in front of her. She cried in anger of Montag breaking the law, but most importantly, she sobbed thinking about how depressing and controlled her life has been. However, there are people in this society who want reality back; such as Montag, Clarisse, Faber, and the Book People. They think differently unlike the rest in Montag’s ignorant society. “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” (12) came a question from Clarisse that seemed absurd to Montag. Clarisse was of course killed later in his novel for being distinct, but at least she created a spark in Montag’s life that began his interests in books. However, Montag fought many obstacles in his life due to being against what the government wants. While books help readers explore the creativity of the world, Montag’s society prohibits any kind of ideas outside the box. The symbolism of banning free thoughts is to give the government advantages to brainwash the community easily. Sure, there are monologues in Fahrenheit 451, but the conversations are never meaningful. Montag’s society forbids freedom of speech, keeping people from truly communicating. Not being able to discuss your problems with someone leads to slow, painful depression, which reoccur to many characters in the novel. “I wouldn’t do a thing like that. Why would I do a thing like that?” defended Mildred, the day after attempting a suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. She had a piled up melancholia stacked in her

Chung 3 heart thru all her years living in despondency, never recognizing how restricted her is. Banning speech ends in nobody having self-understandment, that eventually leads to suicide. Without speech and legitimate conversation, people are brainwashed by speech and conversation from television shows. Humans need freedom of speech for openmindedness and to become creative in thought. Fahrenheit 451’s society holds issues that are greatly exaggerated due to modern destructivity in Guy Montag’s community. Technology, free thinking, and freedom of speech are misused exceedingly in every part of this novel. They are clearly prophesized as futuristic problems. Individuals within this community including Montag, Mildred, Clarisse, Faber, and the Book People progress thru countless intricate difficulties within the plots. Some of these struggles include fights against liberty and committing absurd offenses. Ray Bradbury’s compulsive ideas toward a new society leave reflexive thoughts in many readers’ minds to dislike such acts of depicting freedom.  

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