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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradburys satire, Fahrenheit 451, is a novel full of symbols criticizing the modern world. Among those symbols appears The Hound. The Hounds actions and even its shape are reflections of the society Bradbury has predicted to come. Montags world continues on without thought; without any real reason. There is no learning, no growth, and no purpose.

“The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in the dark corner of the firehouse” (24), wrote Bradbury to describe this hound. Like the hound, society was alive yet dead as well, drudging through life; mindless. The Hound was a programmed robot that didnt thing on its own; that only acted as it was told. Captain Beatty states, “It just functions. It has a trajectory we decide on for it. It follows through.

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It targets itself, homes itself, and cuts off. Its only copper wire, storage batteries, and electricity” (20), and “It doesnt think anything we dont want it to think” (27). That society was programmed to not think, wonder or ask why. They didnt do anything that they werent supposed to do. Today, everything is happening just as The Hound is controlled. Programming is happening in our very world. Take schools for example.

Consider Pavlovs experiment with ringing bells to provoke an automatic response in dogs. He rang a bell; the dogs salivated expecting food. The school board rings a bell, and students rise to show respect for the American flag because now is the designated time to be patriotic, and you will or face consequences”. The bell rings, students stand. The bell rings, the students sit, the student walks, the student is allowed to eat.

Were robots in the programmed society. The perversion of Montags society was eminent in the appearance of the Mechanical Hound. A hound with “eight spidery legs”, a metal body and electrical eyes is far from just short of a normal dog. As it was with The Hound, society was far from normal. The society was strange, backward and totally abnormal.

There was no compassion for life as Mildred makes apparent by stating “Its fun out in the country. You hit rabbits, sometimes you hit dogs. Go take the beetle” (64). Here Mildred tells Montag to take the car out and hit animals to relieve stress and anxiety. Schools no longer teach core subjects, only sports and fun things. Bradburys society hasnt the time, nor the desire, to actually learn or better themselves.

Society is perverted. Today, the computer games, television programs, and other such entertainment possesses more attention than family members, creating a void where once lay family value, and important family time. Therefore, more often than not, that void is filled with harmful, unmoral behavior, much like that behavior demonstrated in Bradburys novel when some teenagers were intentionally trying to run him over with their car. Is this normal? Unfortunately, it is becoming exactly that. In this society Bradbury created, you are pampered, entertained and kept completely happy with no worries; nothing to fear.

However, the quest for happiness ultimately leads to the downfall. All communication to the disturbing outside world was cut off as to protect the citizens from having to worry. The people were oblivious to the war raging outside, and the bomb that eventually killed them. The society lived in blind happiness. Paralleling this society is The Hound.

When it attacks its victim, it injects lethal doses of morphine, causing the person to experience drowsiness and fall into a deep relaxing sleep, unaware that they will never wake up.

Fahrenheit 451

The society in Fahrenheit 451 has many similarities along with many differences
of our modern day American society. Some of the similarities of our society and
the society in Fahrenheit 451 are that in our society, which is becoming more
and more technologically advanced, individuals are demanding things to become
faster and faster. As with the society in Fahrenheit 451, everything is fast and
readily available at the touch of a fingertip. Another similarity in our society
and the society of Fahrenheit 451 is that things that may have been considered
dangerous and rare, such as suicide and murder, is becoming an “everyday
thing” or a usual happening in our society, and was even more routine in the
Fahrenheit 451 society. One other similar characteristic in our society and the
Fahrenheit 451 society is that more and more, our government is starting to turn
the table in their direction and trying to make us conform to their ideology,
along with censoring certain things out of our lives. There are also differences
in our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. For one, our society does not
make games out of criminal activities, as the society in Fahrenheit 451 does.

Another difference in our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451 is that our
present day government and society does not see war as a usual thing and does
not take war lightly, like the government and society in Fahrenheit 451 does.

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Our present day society is becoming more and more technologically advanced, and
as a result things are becoming faster and easier to use. In the society of
Fahrenheit 451 technology has developed further than in our world and has
therefore probably met the demands that we have now. Still, the citizens in
Fahrenheit 451 have increased their demand for speed and ease of use. For
example, the cars in Fahrenheit 451 exceed the present day speed limits and are
allowed legally to “speed”. In our society cars are also becoming faster and
faster, and as a result, the speed limit is constantly being broken. Also, in
Fahrenheit 451 the banks are open twenty-four hours a day with electronic
tellers, in order to make it easier for the citizens to get money faster and
anytime that they feel like taking it out of their account. In our society new
banking techniques are being developed. Such as ATMs which are very similar
to the robots in Fahrenheit 451, in the sense that they allow anybody with an
ATM account to withdraw cash anytime of the day. This is evidence that our
society is becoming more and more technologically advanced and dependent and
insistent on faster things. Another similarity between our society and the
society in Fahrenheit 451 is that events such as murder and suicide are becoming
more common than they used to be. For example, in Fahrenheit 451 when mille
overdosed on her sleeping pills, instead of an ambulance coming to take her to
the hospital, a “crew” came to her house to pump her stomach, and flush her
blood. When Guy asked why they didnt have to bring her to the hospital, they
told him that it was routine and it happened 7 or 8 times on his block a night.

This is also evident in our society. An example would be that our hospitals have
certain teams to respond to anything from attempted suicides to attempted
murders. Another example in our society would be that we have established
numbers that you can call if somebody consumes a poison (poison control center)
were the operator can give you information on how to control the poison or get
it out of the persons system. One other similarity between our society and the
society in Fahrenheit 451 is that the government in both societies are gradually
turning the table in their direction and slowly trying to force their ideology
on us. Trying to form a Indoctrinate type of society. This is slowly taking
effect in our society and we are not reacting to it in the way that we should,
rather we are ignoring it and letting it take place. If we keep letting it
happen, than our society can end up like the society in Fahrenheit 451, in which
the government basically controls their lives, and does not let them be exposed
to different ideas than what the government sees fit. Censoring out any outside
ideas such as books and education. As a result of censoring out these materials
our society can end up like the society in Fahrenheit 451 in the fact that the
government can make certain agencies, such as the firemen who burn books, to
stop us from sharing other peoples ideas. Along with similarities, there are
also differences in our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. One of these
differences is that our society (at least not yet) makes games out of illegal
activities. For example, in Fahrenheit 451 Clarrise was run over by somebody
speeding. This was considered a normal case, since in this society there was a
game, which teens played, in which you got a certain amount of points if you hit
a person. Although this may occasionally happen in our society too, it is not
considered normal, and is not looked upon as “teens just having fun” as it
is looked upon in Fahrenheit 451. This is a distinct difference between our
society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. One other difference between our
society and the society in Fahrenheit 451 is that the society and government in
Fahrenheit 451 takes war very lightly and sees it as an routine happening. There
are always bombers going overhead and the wives of the men in the army are
always taking of how quick the war is going to be “48 hours, its going to be
quick war”. However, in our society war is taken very seriously and usually
lasts for weeks if not months, and the wives and husbands of members of the
armed forces worry about how long their partner will be away and if the will die
or not. This is another difference of our society and the society in Fahrenheit
451. These are some of the similarities and differences of our society and the
society of Fahrenheit 451. I hope that you have realized by reading this, that
our society is not very different from the Fahrenheit 451 society. Also that if
we keep up the way we are living that we may end up like the society in
Fahrenheit 451. Also I hope that you have realized that the things that we are
taking for granted, such as books and other materials are slowly becoming more
and more rare, and if we keep taking these things for granted, they may
disappear along with our morals and values as happened to the society in
Fahrenheit 451. I hope you have enjoyed this essay and that this essay has
taught you about the Fahrenheit 451 society and our society and what the
differences and similarities between the two are.


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