Technology Used in Fahrenheit 451

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The idea of a controlling society set in the future is not a foreign concept to the realms of science-fiction. Technology is often utilized in these stories to control the population under one vision of a perfect world. The aid of technology assisted all fictitious societies in their pursuit of utopia. Ray Bradbury chose for Fahrenheit 451 to have a futuristic and technologically advanced setting to speak in outrage against the possible corruption of technology due to totalitarian abuse. Perhaps science fiction writers speak of one of the greatest fears humans possess, the masking of the truth. The ideology of the controlled society dictates that deviant thought hinders progression towards a flawless civilization, supports the growth of information concealing technologies, and eradicates such dangerous thought. The flamethrower, the instrument of terror wielded by the firemen, played the role of such a thought-concealing apparatus. Truly a device with dreaded applications, the flamethrower makes its’ initial appearance when Bradbury opens with, ‘The brass nozzle in [Montags] fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history’. As Bradbury writes, in one transient moment, years of recorded chronicles can go up in flames. This single sentence embodies the principle of how the rich heritage that humanity took eras to forge can end in a foul moment because of the wicked applications of technology. In a fictional environment where this deviant practice is viewed commonplace, the citizens of Farenheight 451 adopt a similar mentality. As the fireman, Captain Beatty, states’ [Fires] real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences. A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it' (115). The quintessential citizen, someone with...
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