Impact Of Technology Explored In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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Have you ever sat at a table surrounded by friends whose eyes were glued to their phones? According to ABC News, kids spend an average of seven and a half hours on technology and only 38 minutes of reading in a day. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the society is very similar to ours. Technology has taken over and has made society very closed minded. People are unwilling to remove their eyes from large TV screens to see why things happen, and to notice all the little things in life that make it worth living. Without open-mindedness and curiosity, society would corrupt like in Fahrenheit 451, all because of an overuse of technology. Technology causes society to become a dystopia and once the society is one, there comes a point where you cannot reverse it. Bradbury emphasizes the importance of paying attention to the world and what happens when you become addicted to technology.

When a society forgets to pay attention to the world beyond the parlor TV walls, everything corrupts. People live their lives without thinking twice, like Montag, a fireman who never questioned the way he has been living his life, until he realizes that people in his society are like robots, programmed to use technology. People have been brainwashed by the technology that has taken over their community. Clarisse, Montag’s neighbor, is an outcast in this society filled with “robots” because she has a deeper knowledge of what goes on around her, why things happen and how things work. Clarisse started pointing things out to him; as they walk down a cold deserted road, Clarisse looked up into the night sky and told Montag, “’If you look…there’s a man on the moon.’ He hadn’t looked for a long time” (7). Montag has been sucked into their society’s way of living and has never opened his mind to see small things such as shapes on the moon. When someone believes that technology is all there is, they forget to pay attention to anything else. Being sucked into technology is like only seeing straight ahead, and not aware that there is the entire world is there. When someone is so focused on their own thing it makes people become distant and not aware of other people and being aware of people starts conversation and communication, which has been lost between nearly every citizen living in their society. Montag remembers how “One time, as a child, in a power failure, his mother had found and lit a last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions…and they, mother and son, alone, transformed, hoping that the power might not come on again too soon” (5). Technology pulls people apart and when technology is not working, people come together again and the feeling changes the perspective from which one views technology. The ideal society is one where people do not rely on technology and everybody connects with each other and shares a special bond. Like nearly everybody in their society, Mildred, Montag’s wife, is...

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