The Depiction Of Society In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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The Depiction of the Future
Within the novels Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and 1984 the authors depict what they imagine the future will be like. Society today is corrupted by advanced technology, plagued by censorship, and intimate communication has been shattered. Although each novel has something comparable to today’s society, Bradbury’s depiction of society in Fahrenheit 451 is very comparable to America today.

The society in the novel Fahrenheit 451 uses censorship to eliminate one’s feeling of offense or uncomfortableness just like it is used today in America. Within the novel the society presents censorship greatly through the burning of all books; owning books is illegal. Firemen within this novel do not put out fires, but
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(44) Another example brought to light by Lukianoff and Haidt was an incident in 2008 at an Indiana University. A white student was reading a book titled Notre Dame vs. the Klan and a fellow co-worker took offense to the cover of the book which was of a Klan rally. Although the book was against the Klu Klux Klan the student was charged with racial harassment. (47) In both the novel and in our society today it is becoming increasingly difficult to be an individual without being reprimanded. In other words, this keeps people from feeling comfortable to speak their minds freely which leads to lack of communication.
One of the main things the society in the novel lacks is intimate communication, by this I mean the lack of face to face communication and engaging in intimate conversations or situations with one another. Equally our society today faces the same absence. Take Guy Montag and his wife Mildred for example. The two have been married for ten years, yet their marriage doesn’t reflect a decade of love but more like a roommate relationship. To demonstrate, Mildred becomes depressed and instead of seeking comfort and companionship from her significant other, she decides to overdose on thirty or so sleeping pills. (Bradbury 13). In addition, Mildred instead is consumed by interaction with the characters within her television known as her “TV family”. Modern society encounters this problem greatly. People no longer talk to each

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