27 March 2014
Many people believe that there is something inherently wrong with the American society that we live in. The book Fahrenheit 451 clearly shows that the author, Ray Bradbury, is one of those people. In the beginning of the novel we are introduced into a futuristic dystopian world where firemen start fires rather than putting them out. In this world people have lost all of their connections to the world around them and spend all of their time watching TV on giant Parlor Walls, driving very fast, and otherwise blocking out all social interactions. In the middle of all of this, a fireman named Guy Montag begins to realize that the censored world that he lives in is not what it seems to be. This is when he knows that he must set out to change the world for the better. Bradbury’s purpose in writing this book is mainly to point out the flaws in our society. He uses literary devices such as satire and figurative language to help convey that our world is very dysfunctional and over time will get worse. I partially agree with this opinion because there are many things wrong with our world but I don't believe it will get very much worse. Throughout the book satire is used to help support Bradbury’s opinion on American society. For example, this literary device helps him satirize the devaluing of human life that seemed to be occurring when the book was written. This can be shown when Clarisse tells
Montag about how careless people her age are, and how kids her own age kill each other and think nothing of it. At one point in their conversation Clarisse tells Montag, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks” (30). This satirizes the growing tendency to go faster in cars, as well the slow movement towards the devaluing of human life. Bradbury clearly was starting to see this in his own world in the 1950’s and believed it would...
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