Dystopia Depicted in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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In Fahrenheit 451, the reader gets a very vivid description of the deplorable dystopian

society by reading only the first few pages. Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury in

1953. A dystopia is an imaginary place where everything is as miserable and horrific as it could

possibly be for the citizens. Guy Montag is the central character and a fireman, under the

command of his superior fireman, Captain Beatty. Montag walks home with seventeen year old

Clarisse, who asks him many unusual questions, which gets him thinking about his job.

The “firemen” in Fahrenheit 451 do not extinguish fires. They actually start fires, by burning

everyone’s books, in order to stop all knowledge in this society. Therefore, Montag is
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For example, people are listening to the “seashell radios,”

while at the same time watching television on a “wall-to-wall circuit,” (a TV that covers the

walls of their living rooms.) Relying this much on technology can be very dangerous in human

relationships, while also making their already horrifying dystopia even worse. If people do

not communicate the “old-fashioned way,” face-to-face, they will begin to drop all emotions

and become more “controlled” like the technology that is controlling them. Another form of

technology would be the mechanical hound. Captain Beatty and his crew use the mechanical

hound to their advantage to find the books and kill the people if books are found in the

individual’s home. Therefore, the mechanical hounds, themselves become weapons of death and

destruction. This dystopia is a society where both the ruling class of firemen and the citizens

heavily depend upon technology.

Captain Beatty attempts to coerce his own ideas on Montag’s doubt. Beatty said:

We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other, then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.

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