The World We Live In
Teen violence is a very real occurrence and violent crimes are committed by teens regularly. The novel Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has a lot of teen violence going on that is really eye opening, because a lot of it is also happening in the real world. It talks about teens being afraid of one another, shootings, bullying, and youth crimes being out of control.
Bradbury makes the point clear that teens are afraid of one another when he says, “I’m afraid of childen my own age. They kill eachother.” (Bradbury 30). He is saying that the killings are the result of the fear teens have for one another. This relates to what is happening today, because many teens are afraid of others for many different reasons. Whether it be from what they hear or see other teens do. In the article Teenage Wasteland their was a case where two teens hijacked a schoollbus and all of the kids that were riding on it were completely horrified. Patricia makes that clear when she states, “…seeing these kids, they were absolutely terrorized. They were screaming and crying.” (Patricia/Teenage Wasteland). This is a good example of teens being afraid of eachother because of what they saw and experienced right before their eyes. The kids were absolutely terrified because of their screaming and crying. Shootings are also another great example of why teens would fear one another, like in the novel Bradbury says, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone.” (Bradbury 30). This shows that the teens behind the guns might have no remorce so the other teens fear them for their lifes. Also, in the article their were “Two teenage boys arrested for an incident in which shots were being fired at passing cars… nearly hitting two motorists.” (Patricia/ Teenage Wasteland). This is also showing that these two boys would have had no remorce nor repentance if they would have actually shot someone and not missed because if they did they wouldn’t have done it in the first place. These are the type of teens other teens fear and avoid at all costs. What a world we live in…
Like I said before, the novel aslo contains bullying and in the novel bradbury says, “… we can’t do anything but go to bed or head to a fun park to bully people around…” (Bradbury 30). This quote supports the fact that teens bully other teens just for fun, and because their “isn’t anything better to do.” It relates to the real world because kids are being bullied everyday all around the world nowadays. Their has been a huge increase on bullying and Bruce Kluger from the article No Difference Between Teen and 300-Pound Bully states it when he says, “In recent years we’ve been a lot about the escalating crisis of teenage bullying.” (Bruce/ No Difference Between Teen and 300-Pound Bully). This means that the number of bullying cases have been increasing over the past years when he says that they’ve been “escalating.” In the novel Bradbury also says, “everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt eachother nowadays?” (Bradbury 30). He is basically hinting how bad they hurt one another when he asks, “Do you notice how people hurt eachother nowadays?” It’s like hes saying that the extremity of their injuries are extremely bad. This only causes teens to fear one another, I mean who would want friends like these who hurt one another. Also, in the article Teenage Wasteland their was a case similar to this where teens beat up another teen but this time they took it too far. “18 year old… murdered with baseball bat by a gang.” (Patricia/ Teenage Wasteland). They clearly beat him to death because that’s what it says, and they might have gotten carried away but this is what’s going on in the real world with teen violence and its pretty horrendous.
Youth crimes being out of control is another ocurrence that happens in both the novel and the real world. In the novel...
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