The Destructive Nature Of Technology Exposed In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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Identity and modernization are affecting the world, fiction or nonfiction. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Montag the main character comes into conflicts with many characters when he starts to question what everyone else just accepts. Clarisse, a peculiar teenager, opens his eyes to this new way of thinking, which cause him problems, but was the best thing for him. In the story Fahrenheit 451 the character Montag struggles with technology and modernization along with identity, he struggles with these because of he isn't sure who he is, there are to many distractions that won't let him figure who he is, and nobody will tell him what's actually going on in the world in government behind the parlor walls and the other distractions.
First, identity will come into play with Montag hardships in this book many times. Clarisse says, "'You're one of the few who put up with me. That's why I think it's so strange you're a fireman, it just doesn't seem right for you, somehow.' He felt his body divide itself into a hotness and a coldness, a softness and a hardness, a trembling and a not trembling, the two halves grinding one upon the other" (Bradbury 23-24). She gets him to open his eyes a little on their first encountering, and each time after that more and more. When she dies I think it finally hits him that things are going on in this world that the government purposefully doesn't want them to see. After seeing the Mechanical Hound Montag asks, "All of those chemical balances and percentages on all of us here in the house are recorded in the master file downstairs. It would be easy for someone to set up a partial combination on the Hound's ‘memory,’ a touch of amino acids, perhaps. That would account for what the animal did just now. Reacted toward me" (56). He actually knows that no one did that to him, the Hound is just starting to see the change in him. Montag is scared to face that he is changing and he is never going to be "happy" like the rest of society with just knowing about "The Family". This happens when he doesn’t want to give away that he actually has books, "Fool, thought Montag to himself, you'll give it away. At the last fire, a book of fairy tales, he'd glanced at a single line. 'I mean,' he said, 'in the old days, before homes were completely fireproofed–' Suddenly it seemed a much younger voice was speaking for him. He opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McClellan saying, 'Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?'" (64). Montag now has accepted being different from society in the respects of him not just accepting what goes on in the parlor walls. He has books stashed in his house, which shows his total transformation from what he was in the beginning of the story. To conclude, Montag comes into conflict with identity because he has trouble finding out who he wants to be in the society he lives in.
Second, technology and modernization give him trouble with his identity because they want him to be...

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