Society Today and It's Effects

Topics: Dystopia, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury Pages: 2 (455 words) Published: October 2, 2012
What the Future Holds
Society today is reliant on technology and you can conclude that in future years the technology will just get better and better. You would think people would be happier and life would be described as a Utopia. In Ray Bradbury's Farhenheit 451, soicety is the farthest from it. This book takes place in 2053, and it would actually be described as a dystopia. Murder, suicide, and uncompassionate people are deffinitly not signs of a Utopia. It's the complete oppisite.

One factor that can contribute to a dystopian society would most deffinitly be murder. In Farhenheit 451 it's a continuous and normal thing for people to kill others. It states in "Burning Bright", "They would have killed me, thought Montag, swaying, the air still torn and stirring about him in dust, touching his bruised cheek. For no reason at all in the world they would have killed me." (p.128). This is a clear example of the people in this world not caring about murdering others. Children, teenagers, and even adults spent their lesuire time killing others for fun. Would a perfect world consider murder to be normal and a fun past time?

In addition to murder, suicide was also common among this society. Also, it's quoted "Hell!" the operator's cigarette moved on his lips. "We get these cases nine or ten a night. Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built." (pg. 15). Clearly in this civilization trying to kill yourself was a normal thing to do. Based on this quote 9 or 10 people a night tried to take their own lives. If this society was so perfect, wouldn't people want to live in it, rather then die? It's obvious that something had to be wrong for so many people wanting to die.

Lastly, most people in this book didn't have any love for eachother. Not marriages, not friends, not even familes. In the end of the book Montag says "It's strange. I don't miss her, it's strange I don't feel much of anything. Even if she dies, I realized a moment ago,...
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