Essay on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Modern World

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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Modern World

The futuristic world that Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, so vividly describes is frighteningly close to our own. It might not seem so at first glance, but if you take a closer look, you'll find that
Bradbury wasn't far off the mark with his idea of what our lives would be like in 50 years. As he envisioned, technology would be extremely sophisticated, families would start becoming distant, and entertainment would take a more significant role in our lives. The problems at the present might not be as extreme as Bradbury's, however, if left unchecked, they could grow to be just as monstrous as he predicted.

Since the 1950's, scientists and engineers have made enormous
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They looked forward to coming home and passing the time with their loved ones. But now, ever since there has been such a rise of popularity in technology, some people would rather be anywhere except with their families. Why would you want to sit down and have some boring conversation with your parents or play some stupid family board game when you could be blowing up aliens and racing Ferrari's on your X-Box? Technology makes everything more exciting and this makes your family life seem comparatively dull. Our world is just so busy and crammed with exciting diversions, that there is simply not enough time to relax and pass the time away with your family. Bradbury must have been a very intelligent and perceptive person to have been able to look at the world around him in the 1950's (which was very family oriented) and foresee such an opposite future. In the next 50 or so years it's very possible that our family lifestyle could end up like that of Fahrenheit 451, unless we learn to appreciate our loved ones like in the time of past.

Did you know that the average person spends four hours a day, or nine years of life watching television? That's a lot of time. People love to be entertained; they can't get enough of it. Ever wonder why actors and entertainers are some of the highest paid professions in the world? As Bradbury portrays in 451, people spend almost all of their waking hours in front
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