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Our Society Vs.Guy Montag's

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Madison Sambor

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Transcript of Our Society Vs.Guy Montag's

In the novel by Ray Barbury, Guy Montag lives in an alternate society where the government takes total control, self expression is prohibited, and the purpose of firemen were to burn books in homes, instead of saving lives and putting out fires.
Fahrenheit 451
Advance in Technology
Our Society
In our society, the government has a lot of control, yet they allow self expression and the basic human rights. Reading is still a big part in the learning of many, and there are many books used today.
By: Madison Sambor
Fahrenheit 451- Ray Barbury
Reading
In the novel, The job of a fireman is to prevent the spread of old culture, so they burn all books to ground. Hence why one of the chapter is called "The Hearth and the Salamander" because the Hearth is the floor of a fireplace, which symbolizes the burning of the books. In their society, books don't exist, and those who have them, are disobeying the law and will be punished.

In our society, we use books everyday. Although technology has advanced, and it is a very important aspect, books are still one of the main sources for learning. There will be a time in the future where books will be almost extinct, and technology and devices will take over. The book is foreshadowing what that might look like, if it ever happens in our days of living. What will happen when books are gone? Will the culture and history go with it? Will our society become lifeless and boring like those in Fahrenheit 451?

Happiness
In the novel, happiness plays a huge role in Montag's life. Montag ultimately realized that he is not happy, when he meets his teenage neighbor Clarisse. Clarisse is perceived as "different" because her and her family take walks, have conversations, and express how they feel. They are the total opposite of the typical family in this futuristic novel. Happiness changes the way Montag thinks, and puts him as an enemy of the government because he becomes against the burning of books. Because he wanted to be happy, and wanted a life lie Clarisse's, his actions became fatal to his life, and resulted in his death.

In our society, happiness is the american dream. Some will do anything to get happiness, and what would happen if the government took that away, like they did in the book? If the government took away the rights to people, many would be against it, and would stand up to the government like Montag did. Fahrenheit 451 is almost foreshadowing what could happen if the government gained too much power in our society.
The society in Fahrenheit 451 depends on the advancing of technology. The characters in the novel live there lives in rooms with televisions that are in the walls. They live in a society where books are not needed, and when more technology is invented, the more they become attached. Entertainment replaced reflection and debate which can play a big part in the choices people make.

In the society today, technology also plays a huge role in how we do things. It's ironic because technology controls us, just like it control's the society in Fahrenheit 451. We use social media to socialize instead of in person. Human interaction has decreased because we choose to text, Facebook each other, Tweet, ect. If technology controls us now... what will happen when it advances even further? Will it be the most important thing in our lives like it is in the book?
"Are you happy?"-Clarisse McClellan
Authority
Even though it happened in the book and is kind of unrealistic, the government has the power to take total control in the future if books become extinct, and technology is the main source of information.

Montag and other firemen served a purpose of burning books to the ground, not saving lives. There was a point in the book when Montag asked Captain Beatty if "Firemen put out fires in the past instead of starting them". The government changed the role of their job when they gained complete control.

The scary message that Ray Barbury gets across is that anything can happen if the government takes control of everything. Right's can be taken, authority can be changed. If technology takes over in the future, which it will, will the government receive more power? When the government has total control over the society, people will have to live their lives the way the government wants them to. Just like in the novel.
Messages Ray Barbury Sends
Allows awareness to unpleasant aspects of the society.
Gives warning to what a society might turn into if the government has complete control.
Warns what could happen if technology is the main source of communication and information.
"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing i positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."-Montag
Risks Society Can Face in the Future from Plot in the Book
End to physical communication
Technology will change the way people talk and interact.
Extinction of books and its effects on the world and people.
Power of government in the future.
Living how the government tells you to.
Montag wanted to try and restore his happiness by reading a book, which ultimately changed his perspective on the world. He realized the government was preventing his happiness by not allowing him to read books.
Explanation to quote
"The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse."
Explanation to quote
The government had so much power, that it even created a mechanical hound that could sniff out books and tell when someone was doing something illegal. It was a way the government watched the people and made sure they were following the rules.
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