Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Andre Vigano
Ms. Simpson
Adv. Eng. 10, Period 5
23 October 2012
Technology’s Tentacles
The average American watches more than 4 hours of T.V. each day. That means that the average American watches nine years of T.V. in total by the time they are 65 years old. Bradbury shows his concern for this problem in his novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, there is a society of people that are engulfed in technology and they are almost controlled by it. They burn books so people can’t gain knowledge and everyone is equal. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses vivid allusions, powerful metaphors, and repetition to prove his theme that technology can deprive one of his/her individuality. Throughout Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses metaphors that show how televisions can control a person’s mind. In the novel, Faber obviously favors books over the television walls. He gives many reasons for books being a better resource of knowledge as oppose to technology. When Montag is talking to Faber, Montag says that “My wife says books aren’t ‘real’.” and Faber responds by saying, “Thank God for that. You can shut them, say, 'Hold on a moment.' You play God to it. But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlor? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth. Books can be beaten down with reason. But with all my knowledge and skepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one hundred piece symphony orchestra, full color, three dimensions, and I being in and part of those incredible parlors” (Bradbury 86). Faber says that the television walls have “a claw that encloses you when drop a seed in a TV parlor” and also that it becomes their reality. At one point of the book, Montag is sick and gently asks Mildred, “Will you turn the parlor off?” and she responds by saying “That's my family” (Bradbury 52). He is saying that people watching televisions are controlled by the images on...
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