What is it like to live in a parallel universe where everything is opposite and nothing seems to make sense? In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the author portrays a different point of view through his science fiction dyspepsia novel. In this novel, Bradbury portrays a lifestyle of no individuality, no questioning, or not even reading a book, in result, causing people to react without thinking. Therefore, this novel could be considered a warning to today’s society and the outcome of the future.
Many people in today’s world act like conformists much like the people in Fahrenheit 451. For instance, in this scene Mildred describes the following; “They write the script with one part missing. It’s a new idea. The homemaker, that’s me, is the missing part. When it comes time for the missing part, they all look at me out of the three walls and I say the lines. Here for instance, the man says, What do you think of this whole idea Helen?…. And I say, I say, I think that’s fine! (pages 17-18). In this description, it is clear that Mildred is a person who mindlessly follows certain standards to be in the social norm, thus a conformist. In fact, this is often used today through social networking devices such as Youth where people listen to the videos and become obsessed and infatuated with a particular style or social norm. In contrast, “l sometime think drivers don’t know what grass is or flowers because they never see them slowly,’ she said… ‘l rarely watch the ‘parlor walls’ or go to races or Fun Parks. So Vie got lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess. Pages 6-7)” This illustrates how when Claries take things slowly, she gets to see the whole world and not Just a portion of it eke if she was rushing. In comparison to today’s world, if people would slow down and take the time to think, the world wouldn’t have as many conformists. Today, social networking has taken on a major role in daily lives. In Fahrenheit 451, it describes a similar experience; “Picture it. Nineteen century man with his horses, dogs, carts, slow motion. Then in the twentieth century speed up your camera. Books cut shorter. Condensation. Digest tabloids.
Everything boils down to the gag, the snap ending. (page 52). ” Thus, implying that life has become fast pace and individuals have very little time to read, enjoy life or hobbies. In fact, the use of cell phones today dictates the life of many teenagers who don’t have time to socialize face to face and conveniently do so through cell phones. Furthermore, messages are condensed to abbreviations such as ‘101’ and ‘OMG as a way of saving time. Additionally, “There was a tiny dance of melody in the air, her Seashell was tamped in her ear again and she was listening to people far away… Why didn’t he buy himself and audio-seashell station and talk to his wife late at night… Page 39)” This scene shows how Montage wants to talk to his wife but she is constantly on her ear phones. This is yet another example that can compare to how teenagers today are constantly using technology so much that is distracts them from other things. In Fahrenheit 451, books are burned to prevent individuality and solicit a form of censorship of what is acceptable and what is not in accordance with government, social, and cultural norms.
Specifically this scene; can’t ever have my books,’ she The people in those books never lived. Come out of it now! ” This form of censorship and eradication of literature is designed to prevent individualism and to foster a specific belief. Also comparing to how in today’s world, people do not want other individuals to stray from the social cycle. Furthermore, “I’m antisocial they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. (page 26). ” This quote shows how Claries doesn’t fit into her school because she doesn’t reason like the other students.
When this is equated to the world today, it can be used as an example on how people preferential people through looks, different thoughts, and overall appearance and section them out from what is considered normal. Throughout this book, Bradbury shows the reader how technology can brainwash people into mindless fools with no originality. This compares to how in today’s world, people use technology as a way to fit in. Therefore, this concludes Fahrenheit 451 can be a warning to society and the outcome of the future. In conclusion, how much exposure can this world handle until we become mindless people?