Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

“Did you hear them, did you hear these monsters talking about monsters? Oh God, the way they jabber about people and their own children and themselves and the way they talk about their husbands and they way they talk about war, dammit, I stand here and I can’t believe it!” (Bradbury 82).

In the society of Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, society has suffered a great downfall, and the people of the story have very mixed up values. Bradbury, in this book, wrote in a way that acts as a prediction or warning of how society might act nowadays and how it can affect us. Problems that Bradbury was trying to warn us of through his writing are misplaced values of people in society, and the population becoming too dependent on technology. In Fahrenheit 451, there are many examples of the characters acting in ways that show misplacement of their values. In the text, Bradbury writes, “What possessed the ‘Outs’ to run him? You just don’t go running a little short man like that against a tall man. Besides -he mumbled. Half the time I couldn’t hear a word he said. And the words I did hear I didn’t understand!” (82).

This shows how much appearance influences the choices of the people, rather than something more substantial. The women would rather have a good looking president than someone who may not be good looking, but who may serve more effectively for the society. Also, Bradbury writes, “He pressed at the pain in his eyes and suddenly the odour of kerosene made him vomit ‘It’s a good thing the rug’s washable,” (42). Mildred was not at all concerned about the wellbeing of her husband, but more relieved that the carpet would not be damaged. She married this man, yet she does not really care for him as much as she cares about her things.

In this, Bradbury is trying to warn us to be more compassionate, and not to think unnecessary things, such as appearance and a silly rug, are too important. Another sort of wa…

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