Fahrenheit 451 Essay 1

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Jaelen Mullings
Fahrenheit 451 Essay
Technology has taken control of our daily lives like authors and normal people alike have predicted in the past. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, uses his prophetic psyche to predict new inventions. This book references future technological advances like, “the mechanical hound”, “green bullet”, and portable TV’s. The mechanical hound represents man’s best friend in the future, and is an assassination machine used by the government. When “a four inch hollow steel needle plunged down from the proboscis of the Hound to inject massive jolts of morphine or procaine,” it shows how advanced the mechanical hound is. When this book was written in 1953 dogs were used as rescuers for firemen and to sniff out people who were in trouble. When the hound is described as “a good rifle that can fetch its own target and guarantees the bull’s-eye every time”, Ray Bradbury shows that in the future the hound will be so reliable that it cannot fail. When the hound “doesn’t think what we don’t want it to think” the author shows that the government has full control over the hound and who they send it to kill. The hound is seen as prophetic by Ray Bradbury because today in society dogs are used in law enforcement for security sweeps and to sniff out criminals on the run. The Green bullet represents rogue communication in the future between people, without others knowing or detecting it. Faber gives Montag the bullet so they can communicate with each other from long distances. When Faber says, “If you put it in your ear, Montag, I can sit comfortably home, warming my frightened bones, and hear and analyze the firemen's world, find its weaknesses, without danger. I'm the queen bee, safe in the hive...." the author explains the way the bullet functions. When “I hear you” is said by Montag it shows that Montag can also respond back to Faber. Ray Bradbury uses his prophetic psyche once again and shows how in the future there will be rogue...
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