Friday, March 1, 2019
The novel, Fahrenheit 451 reflects Ray Bradbury’s concern for decline of individual thought among his society
The novel, Fahrenheit(postnominal)(postnominal) 451 reflects Ray Bradburys concern for decline of individual public opinion among his society. jibe to Captain Beatty, the head of the fire station technology, mass endeavouration, and minority drag carried the trick of replacing independent thought with conformity and in the long run leading to censorship (Bradbury, 58). Bradbury wants readers to notice these potential hazards in his fictional demesne and to bew be of them in their own society. Technology in Fahrenheit 451 and at present is seen as a great threat to individual thought.Even though the society that Bradbury depicts in the novel is very extreme, it cautions the reader of the dangers of technology. Mildred, Montags wife is taken over by the media and escapes form her life through the modern technologies. According to Clarisse, people no longer specify or talk around anything important, No, not anything. They name a lot of cars or swimming pools generally an d say how swell. But they all say the same things and nobody says anything diametrical from anyone else (Bradbury, 31).Similarly today many another(prenominal) guide turned into mindless mi lighten upary personnel beings by sitting in front of the television or computer. The fast cars, loud music, advertisements and other forms of technological advances have created a lifestyle with also much stimulation in which no one has the time to think. (http//www. sparknotes. com/lit/451/themes. html) For example, Beatty explains that when zippers replace buttons a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn (Bradbury, 57) In Fahrenheit 451 minority pressure plays an important role in the decline of individual thought. This start is still relevant today.For instance various pressure groups campaigns against sex and delirium on television or hard rock music have great influence on the types of programs and music people watch and bear in mind to. Beatty explains to Mon tag that in the past pressure groups were influential in ending turn expression, which eventually allowed the government to begin censoring its citizen. Bigger the population, the more(prenominal) than minorities. Dont tincture on the toes of the dog lovers, cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans (Bradbury, 57). Despite the intelligible role of minority pressure in the decline of thought, the novel suggests mass exploitation to be the more serious problem. musical composition minority pressure comes from a few members of the public, exploitation comes from the majority of the population. Publishers, exploiters, broadcasters sense the publics desire for relaxation and pleasure and exploit mindless types of entertainment for profit (http//ipl. ulis. ac. jp8001/cgi-bin/ref/litcrit/litcrit. out. pl? ti=fah-198. This suggests that even more dangerous than the pressure groups is the publics desire for comfort and pleasure. Beattys discussion of minority pressure is very explicit and clear however, his discussion of mass exploitation is more implicit and is scattered through ten pages. Mass exploitation speeds up the decline of thought even more directly than minority pressure.While pressure groups may manipulate people to avoid gaining knowledge, entertainment provides an ersatz to any difficult thought (http//www. pinkmonkey. om/booknotes/monkeynotes. com) The types of entertainment exploited in Fahrenheit 451 be only produced for the publics relaxation and pleasure. The simplification of in advertiseectual challenges and use of drugs are the most basic kinds of exploitation in the novel, which are still greens in todays society. Beatty explains that intellectually challenging works were made easier so that they would charm to a larger audience. This is similar to the way Hollywood producers have produced many simplified motion pictures of famous pieces of literature.Films like Romeo and Juliet and Gone with the Wind are more appealing to the new generation than reading the work itself. another(prenominal) type of thought destroying mass exploitation in Fahrenheit 451 as well as the real world is the common drug use. When Mildred, overdoses by taking too much sleeping peels the medics, who replace her blood tell Montag, We get these cases nine or ten a night. Got so many, starting line a few years ago, we had the special machines built (Bradbury, 15), which suggests that use of drugs is common. It is obvious to see that Bradbury recognizes drugs as a threat to individual thought.Montag smokes early on in the novel (Bradbury, 24), but as he becomes wiser his habit disappears, which shows that gage was partially responsible for his ignorance in the beginning. Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates the authors extreme sensitivity to any attempts of restricting freedom of expression. He uses a dystopian setting to warn people of the dangers of te chnology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure and considers them as threats to individual thought. Moreover, Fahrenheit 451 is an excellent social critique novel, which contributes to positive changes in society.