Fahrenheit 451

More Dangerous than a Speeding Bullet 10th Grade

Do you remember how your parents would always say too much television will "turn your brain to mush?" This just so happens to be the case in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, which poses an eerily similar problem. This novel is about a society caught in the technology of tomorrow, while losing the knowledge of yesterday. Television makes the problems in real life seem distant, and makes people care less about their actual life. Television is also a tool, used and abused by the government in Bradbury's world. TV just might also take away a human's one, true right: to think freely.

TV, or "the parlor," is the enemy in the world of Fahrenheit 451 and perhaps even of the world we know today. The parlor walls are a tool used by the government to detach people from reality. Mildred and Montag, the protagonist, are so disjoined from each other that neither would even care if the other were to die the next day. The people in this land all have the same mindset: "He said, if I get killed off, you just go right ahead and don't cry, but get married again, and don't think of me"(95): they try very hard to be independent of their significant others. This society has lost all sense of communal loe, because people are nothing but a way to get...

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