“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury Book Review

The well-known novel by Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 was written during the period of the rapid development of television and new technologies, which certainly reinforced significant changes in the society. The novel describes fictional society with serious flaws, lading to misery of each single individual within it. This is a dystopian novel, which however does not tell the readers about absolute destruction of the life on the planet or about transformation of all humans into zombies, attacking each other; instead the novel presents a different version of the United States with a different society. The society of the novel Fahrenheit 451 leaves in the conditions of obedience and absolute conformity, and those individuals, who are not ready to follow these general rules, including Clarisse and Montag, are to face the outcomes of their choices. The basic rule of this fictional society is related to prohibition of the books with the aim of supporting the needed order in the society with the help of the television. People are convinced that watching television is the only interesting and necessary thing in their lives, which would make them happy and informed. The situation leads to lack of the ability of humans to think and to focus upon their own feelings and considerations.  

The fictional society, described by Ray Bradbury, is to some extent similar to the modern society of the United States. Certainly nowadays nobody really prohibits books and makes all the people watch television, but the difference is that it is done voluntarily by most representatives of the younger generations, in other words, they became really dependant upon Internet and their gadgets; the outcomes are however similar, as people lose the connections to the reality and to each other, plunging into the world of Internet and technologies.

When Ray Bradbury was writing his novel, he wanted to inform the readers about these concerns regarding the meaning of the television in society in the future. Certainly he exaggerated the situation in order to underline the real meaning of books and human communication and real feelings “The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said.” (Bradbury 2012). Modern society does not stand that much on the edge, as it was described in the novel; however, it is possible to trace certain similarities between his fictional society and real modern society.

Nowadays most of people, especially young people, are dependant upon Internet and social media, they tend to substitute their real lives, real communication with each other with cyber communication. The concept of friendship is transformed; it is not like it was described by the author “we cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” (Bradbury 2012). People have not completely lost their ability to connect to each other personally, like it is described in Fahrenheit 451, but they continue to make steps in this direction.

Somebody would argue that although television is rather popular nowadays, it does not play such important role in the modern American society. It is true, but most probably television was used by the author just as an example of the technology, which has the potential to consumer the whole humanity. Bradbury (2012) wrote about his society “Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me, I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls.” Bradbury describes the situation, when Mildren is in the room with screens instead of walls, making him perceive them as his reality. Modern Americans are to some extent surrounded by the screens of their computers, cell phones, tablets and all these gadgets make up their reality to the equal extent, as it was imagined by the author.

Overall, the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 is devoted to the theme of substitution of the human relations and human reality with technologically created and impacted ones; the author exaggerated the meaning of the television in American society in the future, however, he managed to predict the impact of the innovative technologies upon human society. Maybe the ability to choose and to read books and to educate is the only protecting wall, which separates the current society from the one, described in the novel.

Works cited:

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition, 2012

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