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The Issue of Drug Abuse in Fahrenheit 451
Transcript of The Issue of Drug Abuse in Fahrenheit 451
, the author Ray Bradbury addresses the issue of addiction through the characters and conflict to represent the theme of governmental control on a society.
Mental & Emotional Health
Photograph of Suited Men Lined Up in Rows. N.p., n.d.
Photograph of Suited Men Lined Up in Rows.
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April Singleton, Skylar Vieira, & Justin Vitanza
English 10 Honors 4A
Addiction in Fahrenheit 451
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In this society, everyone is to remain "equal". The television is one of the many ways that the Government controls to help do so because it helps destroy any interests that the citizens may have in books.
Mildred, Montag's begins telling Montag, "Now, " said Mildred, "my 'family' is people. They tell me things;
laugh! And the colors!... And besides, if Captain Beatty knew about those books... He might come and burn the house and the 'family.' That's awful!" (Bradbury 69)
Mildred is being brainwashed by the television, because what's being displayed is only approved by what the Government would consider to be "truth".
Ray Bradbury used the character Mildred to represent how drugs can negatively effect mental and emotional health by affeacting her memory and moods.
Photograph of Drugs and a Girl With Head Down. N.p., n.d.
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Mildred overdosed on pills and couldn't remember anything.
Montag said "If only they could have taken her mind to the dry cleaner's and emptied the pockets and steamed and cleansed it" (Bradbury 14)
Photograph of Drugs and a Girl With Head
The mental state of the citizens in
made it easy for the government to control society. None of them are knowledgeable and don't know what happiness is.
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This image represents the effects of addiction as seen in
. She is very depressed, detached, and is using drugs as an escape.
, the Government uses television and commercials to brainwash its citizens.
This image represents the characters in
because the Government uses television to distract its citizens from the real truth.
, the government controls the society by giving people an overload of addictions such as t.v. and drugs to distract them from the real issues, never giving them the time to think.
People will just follow everyone else, no questions asked.
Photograph of Television. N.p, nd.
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Photograph of Television. N.p., n.d
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This image shows how society can conform to each other with no individual thinking. Everything is in order and but there's no growth or change.
When Montag tried to read the Bible on the train, the words wouldn't stay in his head because of the distraction from an annoyingly repetitive commercial.
"He clenched the book in his fists. Trumpets blared. 'Denham's Dentrifrice.' Shut up, thought Montag. Consider the lilies of the field. 'Denham's Dentrifice.'" (Bradburry 74)
Fahrenheit 451. New York:
Ballentine books, 1953. Print.
The distractions caused by the t.v, and drugs brainwashes the society, not giving the reason to fight back.
When people have a lack of knowledge they will do anything other people tell them to do and in this case, it was the government controlling them.