Futuristic Symbols: Fahrenheit 451

In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, technology does, in fact, play a major role in the development of the dystopian society in which Guy Montag lives. In fact, it consumes people. More specifically, Mildred, Montag’s wife spends the majority of her time in front of the parlour walls spending time with her “family” or listening to her seashell radio. “And in her ears, the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and electronic ocean of sound.” (pg. 12) This makes her, as well as many others within society, antisocial because of the technological advances. They would much rather spend time in front of a television or be “plugged in” instead of being around actual people. The constant use of technology and media in their dystopian society, I believe serves as a veil which obscures the character’s view of the real world. They use the seashell earbuds as a means of escape from the world.  It interferes with their ability to think deeply about their own lives and the events transpiring around them. 

–Sarah Kean

SOURCES: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


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