The novel Fahrenheit 451 takes place in the future, the novel was written in the 1950s and it depicts predictions of society in the future. Along with cultural differences, the technologies present in the novel are very different from technology in the 1950s. In the novel we see technology take over the characters lives leaving little room for social or emotional interaction.
One technology that we see in the novel is the “parlor walls” these are giant screens in peoples houses that can take up an entire wall or several walls. These walls can overtake the room and leave no time for personal interaction. The walls are very similar to a television and as televisions grow larger, the more they overtake social interaction in the lives of people. Mildred experiences a fake family through her parlor walls allowing her to feel a family without any real human interactions. These walls are a prediction of futuristic technology that could overtake social life.
A second technology that is present in the novel is the seashell earbuds. These earbuds deliver messages to people, straight into their ears. Allowing people to “tune out” the real people that surround them. Yet another example of futuristic technology preventing meaningful relationships.
In the novel, emotion in discussion and thoughts is rare, often because of the overwhelming presence of futuristic technology. “Parlor walls” placed in the living rooms of homes allow Mildred to experience an artificial family, and seashell earbuds allow characters in the novel to be isolated from those around them. The predictions of many futuristic technologies in the novel depict a society where technology prevents the human interaction that we value today.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Print.