Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

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Nathan Hevle
English B1A
Professor Laura Peet
7 July 2013
Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires In a world that is being overrun by advancements in technology and mass media, society finds itself willingly trapped in a digital prison where people care less and less about the world. In Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, he describes a technological world where everyone basically lives through their televisions and other advanced devices, and is totally oblivious to anything going on in the real world. The society in this world literally burns their creativity freely and cheerfully. People talk, but they don’t say anything (60). Bradbury subliminally warns how a technological futuristic world like this is
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Bradbury writes about this mechanical beast, a fusion of nature and technology. With its eight legs, it too represents one of nastiest creatures ever, a spider. Many people greatly fear spiders. They usually have a justified reason why. A spider has no soul, such as The Mechanical Hound. Its only purpose is to hunt and kill. It symbolizes death. It’s a terrifying abomination of steel and needles, controlled by its own internal computer, which destroys anything its hunting. Bradbury shows that when society manipulates nature it is left with an unpleasant, vicious result that only causes death and destruction. Clarisse tells Montag, “And sometimes I like to put my head back, like this, and let the rain fall in my mouth. It tastes just like wine.” (27). Montag is skeptical, but when Clarisse leaves him, he tilts his head back and tries the rain. Montag is slowly breaking out of his prison. He’s starting to look at things differently. There’s an emptiness inside of him that he’s finally starting to realize. Bradbury mentions Clarisse walking “letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward” (15). This relates Clarisse with nature and how they are both truthful and pure. It’s not until Montag escapes from this technological world and into nature, that he becomes truly filled (108). Nature
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