Fahrenheit 451 and science fiction
!.?. !? Alexandra Wollenman ENG 350 10/14/ 13 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury was released in 1953, throughout a time when sci-fi was not a popular genre in literature, bur rather a “small cult following.” Although Bradbury did not consider himself a dream literature author, Fahrenheit 451 takes the reader to an imaginary world, and is considered to be a science fiction novel. Bradbury uses innovation, such as the hound, to impart a careful eye on the public and burn books for the destruction of the innovative mind on written paper.
Bradbury’s writing style reveals the reader that a lot of the characters are nearly robotic like due to the government control; he utilizes many repeated declarations and emotionless conversations, such as in between Millie’s and her good friends. Bradbury takes the reader to a “huge brother” like world, and shows it’s sci-fi category through it’s dystopian theme, futuristic setting, emotionless characters, such as Millie, technological terrorists, such as robotic hounds, and an environment that supports no individuality through the burning of books.
A theme of total dystopia is exhibited throughout the unique and takes the reader to a world of police state that promotes no uniqueness. Bradbury composes of a world that individualism and composed expression is completely banished due to federal government guideline. A robotic feel is given to character’s ideas, Bradbury writing style provides a number of the characters emotionless characters and even their thoughts are revealed in other words thoughtless pieces. “One drop of rain. Clarisse. Another drop. Mildred. A third. The uncle. A 4th. The fire tonight. One Clarisse. Two. Mildred. pg 15).” Montag’s mind for the first time in his life is trying to think, and come out fragmented. Montag fears his own ideas and continues to attempt to press them out of his mind, trying to count them away. The mechanical hound is a consistent suggestion to the public that any options trying to reveal freedom, through reading, or conversing with household, or walking to believe, are all being seen by the hound. Montag is advised of this when trying to check out a book and hears the huffing of the hound under his door “under the doorsill, a slow, probing smell, an exhalation of electrical steam (pg 68). This federal government control has actually caused a society filled with non-thinking, emotionless characters that are bred to fear books and reflection. Bradbury is forewarning the world what can take place when technology takes control of individual relationships. The characters in the book absence individual flexibility and are hence not introduced to any psychological pressure or do not need to ever believe for themselves. Millie and her friends are an example of the stereotypical lady in the Fahrenheit 451.
The ladies are surrounded by wall size tvs that are programmed to show colorful discussions and programs that cause the women to communicate with the tv characters without thought, merely stating yes or no when told. The federal government has pushed these tvs on society to guarantee senseless evenings among the household, and to eliminate any personal discussions or relationships, an euphoric house environment, without any debate is done by producing a world of no individual conversations, and no deeply psychological relationships, such as love for your child.
Conversations are replaced by tvs “Genuine” relationships may result in unhappiness or anger towards others and this society is free of unfavorable emotion. Instead of love towards a member of the family, or partner, the love is changed towards innovation. “Books aren’t individuals. You check out and I browse, but there isn’t anyone! … my ‘family’ is my individuals. They inform me things; I laugh, they laugh! And the colors! (pg 69).” Millie, being a stereotyped example of the rest of society, has her personal connection with her television family more than her own spouse. More time is invested talking with the tv than with own family members.
Individuals in this world do not associate books or composing with author’s ideas, or innovative minds, however rather see books as preparing unfavorable emotions.” I have actually constantly stated, poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and weeping and horrible sensations … (pg. 97)” The women do not see writings as seeing into an author’s point of view, however rather see it has an upset to their day. Bradbury is revealing the world what can happen to emotion, it will be removed completely, when the world is required to not believe for us, and relationships are replaced by relationships with innovation.
Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a world where none of the characters attempt to leave their convenience zone emotionally nor physically. The town members do not leave the town’s limitations unless it is on the highways addressing high speeds. The characters have no sense of nature of the world outside their houses. “If you showed a driver a green blur, oh yes,” he ‘d say, that’s grass. (pg 6).” Clarisse makes this declaration to Montag and it can be thought that the world remains in high-speed movement. No one goes outside for walks or checks out nature, so nobody truly knows what flowers or lawn appears like.
At the end of the novel when Montag is running past the town limits, he is presented to strolling amongst nature for the first time. “And the other smells! There was an odor of a cut potato from the land; there was an odor of pickles from a bottle, and smell of parsley on the table at home. There was a faint yellow smell like mustard from the container. There was a smell of carnations from the lawn next door (pg138).” All these smells Montage smells he does not connect to plants in nature, but in circumstances from his home, such as store-bought mustard and homegrown cultivated flowers.
Members of society do not understand nature and Bradbury is trying to warn the reader to decrease and breathe in the fresh air before losing sight of the world around us. Bradbury composes Fahrenheit 451 in a time before cellular phone, laptop and Facebook, and might still see even then how many technology can take control of a society. Bradbury is cautioning the world of a dystopia future if changes are not made to maintain our literature and written culture. The unique depicts a dystopian world brought on by control of technology and Bradbury hopes to motivate the reader towards using their creative mind and preserving the written world.