Commentary on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a sci-fi novel about a futuristic community that has lost the capability to socially communicate with one another. Guy Montag is the typical citizen. His occupation is a firefighter, except in this society firemen don’t avoid fires, they start them. His job, like lots of other firemen, is to brighten books by burning them due to the fact that books are unlawful. Throughout Fahrenheit 451, Montag realizes society and its faults. Bradbury utilizes Montag to illustrate technology and censorship as examples of indication, and how that society could one day become ours.
Bradbury slams innovation through the characters; Mildred, Mrs. Bowles, and Mrs. Phelps (society). Mildred is Montag’s spouse. ‘Millie’ relaxes all day and watches mindless TELEVISION in her parlor. Mildred has Mrs. Bowles and Mrs. Phelps come over to view a TV show. “Suddenly the room took off on a rocket flight into the clouds, it plunged into a lime-green sea where blue fish consumed red and yellow fish. A minute later, Three White Cartoon Clowns chopped off each other’s limbs to the accompaniment of immense incoming tides of laughter.
2 minutes more and the room took out of town to the jet cars wildly circling an arena, bashing and backing up and bashing each other once again. Montag saw a variety of bodies fly in the air.” (page 94) The 3 women respond in a manner of total excitement watching fish being consumed, clowns severing body parts, and individuals brutally eliminating each another with cars and trucks. Like the majority of people; Mildred, Mrs. Bowles, and Mrs. Phelps are ideal victims of violence from innovation. On page 30, Clarisse explains to Montag about school and what kids provide for leisure. … head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher location or wreck vehicles in the Automobile Wrecker location with the big steel ball. Or head out in the cars and race on the streets, attempting to see how close you can get to the lampposts, playing ‘chicken’ and ‘knock hubcaps. ‘… everyone I understand is either screaming or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you see how people injure each other nowadays?” Kids are so violent since of technology; shows like White Clowns, and eliminating video games, and music with harmful lyrics.
Bradbury is suggesting that we stop these video games, or at the very least play, listen or watch it less. He is stating that the more violent things you watch or around, the more you believe its all right. Bradbury slams the style, censorship through the federal government. They just relayed what they want the people to hear, or what individuals wish to hear. It is just like in today’s world because the News frequently highlights the bad things that occur due to the fact that it generates more audiences, individuals don’t wish to hear the good things that take place, only the bad. He shows it through books, and the media.
Page 81, “It’s as great as I keep in mind. Lord, how they have actually changed it in our ‘parlors’ these days. Christ is among the ‘family’ now. I often wonder if God recognizes His own child the way we’ve dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He’s a routine peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn’t making veiled referrals to particular industrial items that every adorer absolutely requires.” People and the government “dress him up” the way they want to see it. He explains Christ as a sweet, all sugar-crystal and saccharine, or otherwise phony and glammed up to look a specific style.
They censor his teachings and stories in a materialistic method. Only the true followers and spiritual ones purchase this, Jesus uses it, so should you- is the idea they are attempting to display. Another way they utilize censorship is books. Although, it didn’t begin with the government, it ended with them. Captain Beatty explains to Montag about how books became prohibited. “It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no statement, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure brought the trick, thank God.
Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time.” (Page 57) The government utilized the disinterest in books as an advantage, to control the country. If they desire somebody who is running for office, they highlight the person; if not then they play him or her down. It is brainwashing, the people have no clue what takes place to their cash when they pay taxes or anything else about the world. They don’t care to know, and why should they? Everyone is completely happy. Happy is boring. We require to understand what goes on the planet, and to document it and to repair it. That method we do not make the exact same mistakes.
He uses the style censorship to warn that we ‘d forget and make the exact same mistakes over and over again and to demonstrate how the government can make you think whatever they desire you to believe by not being educated. Therefore, you require to believe, to understand and to maintain knowledge. Without it we reside in a world of stupidity and violence. It is crucial that people read this book, to understand that we might be precisely like this society. Bradbury slams censorship and technology because he does not want our future headed in this manner, it is a caution for the sake of mankind.