Addiction is defined as the condition of being physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, thing, or activity. In our modern-day society, drugs and alcohol are not the only addictions humans should worry about. Technology makes it easier for people to look up information and communicate with friends across the world, but it also injures the general public. Technology has become such a colossal aspect of life; our society would be crushed if it was taken away. Throughout Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury shows readers how relying on technology too much can cause society to become isolated and ignorant.
Society’s views on communication and socialization are clearly developed through Bradbury’s writing when Montag confronts Clarisse about why she does not attend school.
“I’m antisocial, they say I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about thinks like this.” She [rattles] some chestnuts that [have] fallen off the tree in the front yard. “Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk. An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcript history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least they don’t; they just run the answers at you” (27).
Through this it can be analyzed that the future society Bradbury reflects possess a different definition of “social”. Social in this society simply means being around other people, not talking, not asking questions, and not interacting. Society places an importance on the surroundings rather than the actions being taken place in the environment. Society portrays Clarisse as odd, different, too skeptical; she enjoys asking questions and making others think. Complex thinking is frowned, and ignorance truly becomes bliss. Children and adults at a young age are taught not to question and to rely only on what is definitive or what technology teaches them.
In the beginning of the novel when the firemen must travel to the older woman’s house, it becomes clear the woman would rather burn alive than live without her books. When a person’s opinion on why the woman did this is asked they might reply with “she is just dumb” or “she must be crazy”. The woman does not choose to die over the material object of the book itself; it is the knowledge in the books. She would rather die with the books who took her to a world of imagination than live in a society of ignorance. Bradbury writes, “She [opens] the fingers of one hand slightly and in the palm of the hand [is] a single slender object.” (36) That ordinary kitchen match the woman clings onto is not just her choosing to die – the match symbolizes the spark that pushes Montag into realizing what society has become.
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