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Fahrenheit 451: Technology
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451: Technology
, Ray Bradbury illustrates the dangers that come with the overuse of technology such as trouble with relationships and the formation of obsessions.
Fahrenheit 451: Technology
Characters living in Bradbury's technology-dependent society have trouble sustaining genuine relationships with each other.
When technology is overused, social interaction can be hindered and obsession may be created.
-As one of Mildred's friends illustrates, people are dispensable.
-3rd marriage each
-Mildred's friend makes it seem like it would be so easy for someone to forget about a husband's death
-The relationship cannot be truly genuine if they have that outlook on it.
-Mildred is obsessed with the parlor TV
-Mildred is more focused on the TV than she is on her husband
-not feeling well in this scene
"'Will you turn the parlor off?' he asked.
"That's my family" (Bradbury 48-49).
"'How long do you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in? It's only two thousand dollars.'
'That's one third of my yearly pay.'
'It's only two thousand dollars...If we had a fourth wall, why it'd be just like this room wasn't ours at all, but all kinds of exotic people's rooms. We could do without a few things" (Bradbury 20-21).
-Technology prevents people from being social
-Mildred is obsessed with technology
-Not thinking about anything else
-doing without a few things
-All she does is spend time on the wall-TV
"'Let me alone,' said Mildred.
'Let you alone...We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?" (Bradbury, 52).
-Mildred is so consumed with her technology that she wants to be left alone.
-Montag realizes the problem and feels the need to say something about it.
-Montag realizes the wall-TV isn't that important.
-Later on the page, Mildred barely reacts to his comment.
-Montag is starting to see the harm.
"Oh, [husbands] come and go...Pete and I always said, no tears, nothing like that. It's our third marriage each and we're independent...He said, if I get killed off, you just go right ahead and don't cry, but get married again, and don't think of me" (Bradbury 94-95).
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Del Rey Book, 1991. Print.