Fahrenheit 451

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The book, Fahrenheit 451, doesn’t explain how the revolution of banning books was pursued and how the society responded to this change. I don’t think that this big of a revolution would be possible for many reasons. People would not allow the government to control them to the point where numerous rights were taken away from them. For example, if the right to own a gun were taken away from us American citizens, there would be huge riots, which in turn would inevitably overthrow the government. Bradbury does not show faith that the masses of society are strong enough to stand up for their rights but instead believe that the government has the ability to take full control of us American citizens. As ignorant as society can be, I don’t believe that the government has enough power to dehumanize us.

With the fast advancement of technology within the last decade, books have definitely been dominated. Bradbury emphasized quite a bit how technology would affect the importance of books to society. This is especially true here in the United States where the Internet has impacted the speed of information, making it a lot faster. The need for books is diminishing and people are relying more on technology to accomplish every day tasks. There is definitely a good chance that Bradbury’s vision of being completely controlled by technology might come true in our near future. Technology has created a barrier in personal communication amongst people in society. Just like in “Fahrenheit 451”, where Montag couldn’t even keep a consistent conversation with his wife, Mildred. Instead Mildred would talk with her “relatives” through the TV screens. This lack of face-to-face communication has desensitized our society and will further numb our personalities.
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