F-451 Final draft
A Comparison of Two Societies
Consider living in a society, as in the novel Fahrenheit 451, where everyone is deprived of many privileges that one might be used to in the American society, and then to discover that these two societies have many similarities. Ray Bradbury, a popular science fiction author of the mid 1900’s, creates a censored society in his novel. As the reader explores the people and practices of this absurd society he is forced to question the ideals and direction of his own personal American society. Although the American society may seem much more normal than the society in Fahrenheit 451, when one thinks about the negative issues of that society, many of them resemble the same negative issues we encounter. The reader discovers through the comparison of these two societies that the strong influence of technology, the negative affects of censorship, and the increasing use, popularity, and dependency of drugs are similar in both societies.
In the Fahrenheit 451 society and the American society, technology is very advanced and important, and depending on how the
societies use this advancement in some cases both societies can be affected in a negative way. In the novel, th
In both societies there is a large amount of drug use that has a detrimental impact on the people. Montag"tms strong desire for uncensored knowledge is demonstrated in the novel, "And I want you to teach me to understand what I read" (82). In our society people also forget the seriousness of the affects of drugs. Some drug users start off with simple things like aerosol sprays and later find they are addicted too much more serious drugs. " How long you figure before we get the fourth wall torn out and the fourth wall TV put in"(Bradbury 20) This quote shows how important technology is to Mildred as well as her entire society. This habit of watching TV is not a healthy life style for the character, Mildred. They accomplish this through, books, magazines, advertisements and inspirational speakers. "She had both ears plugged with electronic bees that were humming the night away" (18) In our society we sometimes use the media to escape or avoid the reality of our problems. In our society, sometimes the public receives not exactly censored information, but filtered information where one view is shown to be stronger than the other as in political campaigns. Both societies have a strong value for the importance and advancement of technology. Montag"tms unhappiness and frustration in life is due to the fact that he is responsible for burning the books and therefore also responsible for withholding information and ideas from his society. , case like this; all you need is two handymen, clean up the problem in half an hour"(15). Because of this filtered information people are not always able to expand their minds and therefore censorship has a negative affect. Mildred is very unhappy in her marriage and in her life in general. Montag shows rage when he yells at his wife Mildred about her drug addiction.