Examples Of Paradoxes In Fahrenheit 451

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The 1950’s was an intellectually impoverished time for experiences for Americans. With not only well-defined gender roles, but also: smoking was advertised, changes in the workplace were made, teen culture was changed, and the southern states enforced segregation laws. In Fahrenheit 451, author, Ray Bradbury, shows readers what could happen if people do not put down the technology and admire life. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses paradoxes to show how our society is. People now only focus on technology, and don’t pay any attention to the things going on around them; such as war. For example, Montag burns books but reads them, Captain Beatty reads books but thinks that they should be burnt, Mildred is alive but does not live her life. “And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble, radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her sleeping mind. The room was indeed empty.” (Bradbury 12). Mildred was awake, but always had headphones in. She never gave anyone any attention and was always in her own world. You could say Mildred was very…show more content…
With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” (Bradbury 5). Montag lived in a society where books were burned instead of read,people never admired the little things in life, they always were focused on technology or things that don’t matter. No one took the time to be curious about life and what life is truly about. This quote from the book truly shows how this dystopia was. Instead of firefighters putting out fires like they would in today’s society, they would start

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