Consequences Of Society In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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It is impossible to lead a complete life without knowing pain or offense. Yet some societies attempt to do just that. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury rights of a society which, due to political correctness and a desire for constant entertainment, have effectively eradicated any thought that could potentially cause offense or negative emotions. While this was originally a choice made by the public, the government eventually made it compulsory. To do this they repurposed firemen to burn books containing this undesired knowledge. One such fireman, Guy Montag, eventually sees the error in this and attempts to reform the society. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses cultural surroundings to exhibit the negative consequences, including promotion of rashness, lack of respect for that individual, and ultimately calls inherent traits of mankind into question, a society that discourages serious thought has as it shapes an individual.
The society in Fahrenheit 451 most obvious cultural trait is a lack of serious thought, instilled in the people as rashness. After stealing a book, an act almost certain to cause trouble, since the knowledge held in books goes against the grain of the society, Montag reflects that, "it was the hand that started it all"(43). Montag clearly acknowledges that he acted impulsively. Rather than carefully consider the consequences of his thievery, he simply reacts without a thought, a habit that causes issues and danger among real people. Later, as Montag

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