Fahrenheit 451, American Society
Reynolds 1 Alec Reynolds Mrs. Rocheleau English 2 27 March 2014 American Society Many people believe that there is something inherently incorrect with the American society that we reside in. The book Fahrenheit 451 plainly reveals that the author, Ray Bradbury, is one of those individuals. In the start of the book we are presented into a futuristic dystopian world where firemen begin fires instead of putting them out. In this world individuals have actually lost all of their connections to the world around them and invest all of their time enjoying TV on huge Parlor Walls, driving very quick, and otherwise shutting out all social interactions.
In the middle of all of this, a firefighter called Man Montag starts to realize that the censored world that he resides in is not what it seems to be. This is when he understands that he must set out to alter the world for the much better. Bradbury’s function in writing this book is mainly to explain the defects in our society. He utilizes literary devices such as satire and metaphorical language to help communicate that our world is extremely dysfunctional and in time will worsen. I partially concur with this opinion since there are lots of things wrong with our world but I do not think it will get very much even worse.
Throughout the book satire is utilized to assist support Bradbury’s opinion on American society. For instance, this literary gadget assists him spoof the devaluing of human life that appeared to be happening when the book was written. This can be revealed when Clarisse informs Reynolds 2 Montag about how reckless individuals her age are, and how kids her own age eliminate each other and think nothing of it. At one point in their conversation Clarisse informs Montag, “Six of my good friends have actually been shot in the last year alone.
Ten of them passed away in car wrecks” (30 ). This spoofs the growing propensity to go quicker in cars and trucks, as well the sluggish movement towards the devaluing of human life. Bradbury clearly was starting to see this in his own world in the 1950’s and thought it would continue to escalate. Another literary device the he utilized to communicate his point was figurative language. He utilizes this gadgets similarly to the way he utilizes satire, but rather straight compares to like things to convey his concept.
An example of metaphorical language occurs when Montag is standing outdoors Clarisse’s house and listening in on her uncle talking.” Well after all, this is the age of disposable tissue. Blow your nose on an individual, wad them, flush them away, reach for another, blow, heap flush. Everyone is utilizing everyone else’s coattails” (17 ). This metaphor demonstrates how people simply utilize others to benefit themselves by comparing individuals to tissues. Bradbury is saying that people just appreciate themselves and will deal with another person when they’re done.
For the most part I concur with Bradbury’s perspective. He thinks that American society is selfish, careless and lazy. I consent to this but I do not think that everyone resembles this. These stereotypes of Americans are clearly revealed in the Onion article, American Public Actually Type Of Endearing in Some Ways. This post spoofs a few of the most typical American stereotypes. Being stereotypes they obviously do not use to everybody so Bradbury is incorrect in that element. Reynolds 3
Ray Bradbury utilizes literary gadgets to assist communicate his viewpoints on American society. This helps keep the story fascinating while including proof onto his position. He clearly was not extremely keen on the way society seemed to be heading. He uses the dystopian world as both as a model for what he anticipates the world will appear like, as well as an exaggeration fort our world today. I may concur with some aspects of his viewpoint but I do not believe the world will ever resemble it is in Fahrenheit 451