The increasing popularity of mass media will cause a negative effect on society. In “Fahrenheit 451”, the main character Montag is a fireman but instead of stopping fires, he causes them. Books are illegal so they are burned if any citizen is caught in possession of them, while the people are brainwashed by television. He meets this young woman Clarisse and she opens his eyes of what he really has been doing. He then secretly begins hiding books in order to learn more about his society. He is eventually then betrayed by his wife Mildred who reports him in fear. He is then an outlaw and must flee his doomed home. Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” demonstrated that even though this new phenomena of television is becoming known in the 1950’s, he wants people to be careful of it. He wants to remind the audience to not become too engrossed in the media.
Ray’s “Fahrenheit 451” shows the people that the 1950’s were becoming submerged in the media. The author uses imagery to describe how the television influences the citizen’s lives. “3 of the 4 walls are fully covered with TVs…and Mildred wants the last wall covered with a one too (Ray 54).” In the 1950’s, everyone wanted a television because it was new and exciting. Even though many couldn’t afford it, everyone at least wanted one. In this time period everyone had one. Mildred had three and she was striving to get a fourth. Ray’s point was that everyone wanted at least one, but they will eventually want more. The description of Mildred being isolated from her husband showed how television is a distraction. “A three-dimensional fiction in which she plays a scripted part (Ray 42).” Mildred being immersed into the world of television shows that television can become powerful. Harry S.Truman used the media for politics which then made people see the true potential the media can have. Mildred showed that she cared more about her imaginary family than her real husband, showing that television can cause a false sense of...
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