What Is Montag's Obsession With Technology

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Through juxtaposing Mildred and Clarisse, Bradbury reveals that obsession with technology and mass media can lead to lifeless people that fail to communicate with others and are ignorant about the social conflicts that occur in the outside world.
Mildred conforms to society’s obsession with technology when she relies heavily on her Seashells and T.V. screens, isolating herself from Montag and other potential relationships, and is ignorant on social matters that negatively affect her world. As Montag prepares to leave for work, Mildred sits in the T.V. parlor as she reads a new script from “a play that comes on the wall-to-wall circuit” and participates in the interactive play herself as the homemaker. “When it comes time for the missing lines, …show more content…

As Montag ends his shift at the fire station, he walks out, only to encounter Clarisse. He notices that “[t]he autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement...letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry [Clarisse] forward. Her head was half bent to watch her shoes stir the circling leaves” (3). At this point of the novel, Montag continues to follow society’s rule because he values his job of burning books. In Fahrenheit 451, the motif of nature in “autumn leaves,” “motion of the wind” and “circling leaves” symbolizes freedom and truthfulness; the symbolism of nature is representative of Clarisse, who is innocent and pure. She is conscious of her surroundings and interacts with the natural side of the world. In Clarisse’s society, no one notices the beautiful aspects that nature offers because they are so distracted by mindless technology. Clarisse mentions the beautiful, natural occurrences in the pure world of nature and gives notice to the things that Montag has not observed because of his ignorance. Because Clarisse puts her focus on nature rather than technology, she is seen as “crazy” and radical; in Montag’s world, society appreciates the artificial rather than the natural. She notices that destruction is a direct cause of a lack of nature in a dysfunctional society. As a result of Clarisse’s rebellion to society, she is aware of the nature that surrounds her; additionally, she critically develops her own deep relationships with those she loves. When Montag is conversing with Clarisse and wonders why she is not at school, Clarisse explains that she's “antisocial, they say. [She doesn't] mix.” (27). She argues that “[she’s] very social indeed” and that “social to [her] means talking about how strange the world

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