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Theme Of Technology In Fahrenheit 451

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In Fahrenheit 451, futuristic technology can start as a benefit, but will eventually end as a problem because it is an amazing advancement in society, but it will eventually corrupt us, becoming one of the most important things in our lives instead of real matters. Beatty talks to Montag about the progression of technology, “‘Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column, winding up at last as a ten- or twelve-line dictionary resume’” (Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 58). Because the increasing speed of society and technology, books became shorter and shorter until they were cut down impossibly small. Our society today still values books and it would be a problem if this started happening. For example in Montag’s society, books started to decline and society became something completely different; no one cared about anything except their televisions or phones. When Leonard Mead was walking in the streets, he whispered, “‘What’s up tonight on Channel 4, Channel 7, Channel 9?’” (Bradbury, “The Pedestrian” 1). The character Leonard Mead says this because the rest of society is inside on their “viewing screens” that have completely destroyed any individuality that the society had in the first place. Technology has kept them inside and he’s the only one that goes outside anymore. In the short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the author wrote “They were burdened by sashweights and bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one,
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