In Fahrenheit 451, technology is best shown through the fast TV programs, the absence of books, and the lack of life value, which inevitably conveys how modernization is reflective of their corrupt society. Citizens watch repetitive TV programs over and over, making one program no different from the next. The absence of books within their society shows how books are a sign of traditional life styles, and in their technological era, books will not be condoned. Citizens have a lack of life value and laugh at their neighbors being burned within their homes. This act of disrespect clearly shows how the societal practices are not shaping citizens into normal people. Inevitably, these dystopian qualities show how modernization reflects their corrupt societal circumstances. The way television works within this society is superficial and repetitive. Bradbury states, “With an effort, Montag reminded himself again that this was no fictional episode to be watched on his run to the river; it was in actuality his own chess game he was witnessing, move by move”(138). Here, television is used to convey Montag’s inner thoughts. In this quote, Montag is forced to accept reality unlike a fictional episode on television. This reality acceptance that Montag experiences is being compared to television to indirectly show how corrupt their society is, by making its only connection to television. Through these citizens’ actions towards television, this further shows their dystopia, and how their society is a victim to modernization: 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.
Here, the characterization of the TV parlors occurs, and it is that they have no substance. The TV parlors serve an immediate fix of relaxation for citizens, and these fast, repetitive TV programs are brainwashing them. Since so many episodes are being observed in such a short amount of time, the citizens simply disregard the last one when a new episode is being shown. Since this technological advancement gives citizens a dissatisfied attitude, and because technology causes Modernization, these qualities that the citizens possess directly shows how this event is an effect of Modernization,
Technology inevitably shows how the corrupt society in this book is an effect of Modernization:
All of those chemical balances and percentages on all of us here in the house are recorded in the master file downstairs. It would be easy for someone to set up a partial combination on the Hound's ‘memory,’ a touch of amino acids, perhaps. That would account for what the animal did just now. Reacted toward me.
The Mechanical Hounds reactions towards Montag are very significant. Since technology is so strong that human emotion occurs from it, this further explains how citizens are living in a very modernized society. With the Mechanical Hound being a representative for technology, it is very abnormal that the characters treat this creature with words, emotions, and thoughts, like it is a human. They have accepted this creature as a normal contributor to society and a normal worker in the firehouse, who is programmed to inevitably kill people for wrongdoings. As the Hound represents technology, these actions that this creature does, show how citizens are living in an extremely modernized society. Next, many books present in the seventeenth century often depict the society as picture perfect. Authors use their diction and imagery to characterize society as...
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