Think about a World
Think about a world the place individuals favor a TV to a partner; a spot the place people who find themselves extroverted must see a physician. That is the world of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Folks within the guide "say the identical issues and no one says something totally different from anybody else." (Bradbury 35). The individuals in Fahrenheit 451 are remoted and detached. They even actively attempt to run pedestrians over (129). Persons are thought of 'unusual' in the event that they like to speak individuals. There are three components that spotlight this distinction: SeaShells, the parlors and an aversion to books. Nonetheless, these applied sciences and concepts are current prior to now, current and future, in addition to in Fahrenheit 451. Exploring these applied sciences and concepts reveals quite a bit about our society in addition to in Fahrenheit 451's society.
The parlors are rooms with massive tv screens on all sides. Folks watch these screens and work together, following a set script (24). These parlors had been radically totally different from the tv Bradbury skilled. In 1951, when the guide was written, tv had a small black and white display. Bradbury was involved in regards to the tv as a result of he noticed that folks may get sucked into watching that one particular present each week, and the way that may progress into watching tv virtually all day. Immediately, we're properly on the best way to what Bradbury predicted, as the common American grownup watches 5 hours of tv a day ( uoflife.com ). Immediately, we’ve massive display televisions that just about cowl a complete wall, similar to Bradbury's parlors. Sooner or later, we might attain Bradbury's predictions with a display on every wall, however we're not there but. Nonetheless, Bradbury's predictions get extra correct, with the SeaShells.
In Bradbury's guide, the SeaShells are small earphones that broadcast information and music into your ears on a regular basis. Mildred, Montag's spouse, retains her in on a regular basis, and simply lip-reads as an alternative of taking out her SeaShells to hearken to individuals. These are just like iPods as we speak. Folks maintain one iPod headphone in whereas they speak to others. In Bradbury's day, the closest factor to iPods had been radios and document gamers, which had been changing into common. He included Seashells in his guide as a warning as a result of he realized if radios and document gamers had been taken to the acute, they may turn into a social hazard. Music went from one thing one listened to in your house some occasions to one thing that one may hearken to on a regular basis. Bradbury's insights are eerily correct, contemplating when the guide was written.
The aversion to books, and by affiliation, data, is a key issue within the individuation and separation of individuals of the society of Fahrenheit 451. In our society, if we didn’t have books, we’d not have discovered lots of life's classes or discovered to step out of our personal footwear and into another person's. For instance, we’d not have discovered the way it feels to be discriminated in opposition to, each within the work pressure and in society. Books assist us acquire a special perspective on the world.
The individuals in Fahrenheit 451 didn’t worth books, so they didn’t learn to see one thing from one other perspective. They grew to become much less understanding, extra secluded, and extra indferent. This perspective grew to become a serious half within the dystopia that Bradbury created.
This perspective towards books in Fahrenheit 451 is way totally different than Bradbury skilled. Bradbury lived in a society that enjoyed to learn. As an alternative of studying solely for varsity, as many college students do as we speak, college students in 1951 learn for their very own enjoyment. Because of this, they had been way more social. Teenagers as we speak simply don’t speak as a lot about 'deep issues,' equivalent to relations or faith with elders or friends. Sooner or later, we might turn into much more reclusive and by no means discuss these issues.
These three examples present how a lot our society has modified from Bradbury's time. The typical household, or teen, within the 1950's in all probability didn’t watch a lot tv or hearken to a lot radio or music. Immediately, the common teen listens to way more music then the common teen from the 50's as a result of it’s extra out there and transportable. Individuals, as a complete, appear to changing into much less social and extra concerned of their private worlds of iPods and TV's, the expertise of as we speak. The world that exists with these applied sciences is one that’s far much less private then the world that exist fifty years in the past.
Whereas Bradbury predicted a extra excessive model of those three applied sciences and concepts, the central thought stays the identical: expertise can result in social dysfunction. Folks can turn into much less social and care much less about individuals and their feelings, due to expertise. Whereas Bradbury skilled solely the very beginnings of those applied sciences, he noticed the place they may lead. He warned us about what they, and our society, may doubtlessly turn into. Now we have modified radically from the society wherein Bradbury lived, however we’ve drawn near his predictions.