Fahrenheit 451 Essay:
What is it like to live in a parallel universe where everything is opposite and nothing seems to make sense? In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author portrays a different point of view through his science fiction dystopian novel. In this novel, Bradbury portrays a lifestyle of no individuality, no questioning, or not even reading a book, in result, causing people to react without thinking. Therefore, this novel could be considered a warning to today’s society and the outcome of the future. Many people in today’s world act like conformists much like the people in Fahrenheit 451. For instance, in this scene Mildred describes the following; “They write the script with one part missing. It’s a new idea. The homemaker, that’s me, is the missing part. When it comes time for the missing part, they all look at me out of the three walls and I say the lines. Here for instance, the man says, ‘What do you think of this whole idea Helen?’….And I say, I say, I think that’s fine! (pages 17-18).” In this description, it is clear that Mildred is a person who mindlessly follows certain standards to be in the social norm, thus a conformist. In fact, this is often used today through social networking devices such as YouTube where people listen to the videos and become obsessed and infatuated with a particular style or social norm. In contrast, “‘I sometime think drivers don’t know what grass is or flowers because they never see them slowly,’ she said… ‘I rarely watch the ‘parlor walls’ or go to races or Fun Parks. So I’ve got lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess. (pages 6-7)’” This illustrates how when Clarisse take things slowly, she gets to see the whole world and not just a portion of it like if she was rushing. In comparison to today’s world, if people would slow down and take the time to think, the world wouldn’t have as many conformists. Today, social networking has taken on a major role in daily lives. In Fahrenheit 451, it describes a...
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