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Teenage Violence On Modern Society Essay

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The harmful perception of the modern society in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451,hadn’t been a concern in his era. As time progressed, the violent happenings of his internationally known novel have been woven into the events that modern humans encounter in every day life. He shows that in the future, it is normal for a teen to commit that kind of violence. All of Clarisse's friends were involved in harmful behaviors, and to the society of that time, it came to them as normal. In the novel, Clarisse says, “I’m afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no”(Bradbury 27). Bradbury shows that there was a time before when ...view middle of the document...

"Colorado teenager to take shotgun to his suburban Denver school, shoot at faculty member, critically wound a schoolmate and then take his own life"(Cabrera 1). The teen had harmed himself and the others, without having a real reason, and too many people undertake an action like this. “Gov. John Hickenlooper called the shooting an ‘all-too-familiar sequence, where you have gunshots and parents racing to the school and unspeakable horror in a place of learning’”(Cabrera 2). The world today makes death seem like a common, easy act, when it should be the exactly the opposite. It's a cruel act to the society and the individual themselves, who perform the act.
Secondly, Fahrenheit 451 has a unique was of showing the teens use violence to hide from the bad things in life. "But everyone I know is either shouting if dancing around like wild it beating up one another"(Bradbury 27). Clarisse shows that the youth of that era are anything but thoughtful. It can be easily inferred that they are out of control to the parent's hand and use this type of violence and beatings as a way to take attention away from the serious problems that they have. “She [the girl] doesn’t even recognize she’s broken, and if she knows, she’s not willing to admit it” (Tutton 1). The teenage mind is constantly in denial of anything that would make them uncomfortable, and the mind finds any way to conceal the emotion with an act that shoots out all the emotions that were hidden. The teens try to get their minds off of what is really hurting them with what they think will help rectify the pain. “The two girls sentenced yesterday have a troubled and ‘incredibly chaotic’ family life” (Tutton 2). The girls, who have faced the charges for beating a senior woman, take part in a life where they are hurting themselves mentally. The more people hurt on the inside, the more it is hidden with act of violence to divert the attention.
Lastly, Bradbury shows that bullying is another form of violence that arises in modern society. "They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreak...

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