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Books are including knowledge and the knowledge makes people think. When people start to thinking and accept the lessons from the writers of the books, they can be change to one of the people who have same ideas as the writers. That shows how reading books makes people change and knowledgeable.

 

In the article, Austin Cline shows how burning books during the Second World War and it is connect to the Holocaust. Nazi burned the books of Jews, communists, socialists and other books which advocate ideas of German nation. “To be fair, it’s unlikely that a message could ever really be eliminated, but people who burn books probably won’t believe that.” This quote shows that people who burn books might be know that there is no way to actually stop people to think and their mind but they just rationalize themselves that their job can help the world so…

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The Red Hunting Hat

           The technology in the novel, Fahrenheit451 is an important source to readers to understand the story and the world in the novel. This is because technology shows what their world looks like and how people are different and emotionless. In the beginning of the novel, when Montag’s wife Mildred got sick, some people came home to fix her body with two machines which were replacing the doctors in their world. One of them was operated by an equally impersonal fellow in reddish brown coveralls. This machine pumped all of the blood from the body and replaced it with fresh blood and serum. Those people did nothing but turned on the machine. They didn’t care about the woman’s condition they just asked Montag for money after they pumped all of the blood from the Mildred’s body and replaced it with fresh blood. It seems so emotionless and they treat people…

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Technology In Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451  is bountiful with ideologies of the future, most of which are presented through the dominant presence of technology.  Bradbury presents us with three main forms of technology; The Mechanical Hound, The Parlor Walls, and the “Insects”. These technologies are key in understanding one the main themes in the novel, the idea that technology creates dystopia.

Early in the novel the mechanical hound growls at Montag. This growl embeds so much much fear in Montag that he feels the need to talk to his captain. When Montag discusses the growl with Beatty he says he believes that the Hound doesn’t like him. This makes Captain Beatty believe that Montag is hiding something. The fact that the Hound is designed to hunt and kill people who have knowledge of a different sort adds to the Dystopia. It does through creating fear, and supports the idea that manipulation from the government…

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In the article, “predictions of the future from the past” by Adam L. Pennsburg he examines and opens up what each person he talks about in the article, thought about the things in the future. One of the futuristic technology mentioned in this article that stood out was robot surgeons that has a lot of symbolic significance to it, it adds some significance to Fahrenheit 451 and is very important in context to the book.
In the future, Robots could not only change the way we do every day to day things, but it also can change jobs, the way we live, the way we get from place to place, etc. Robot surgeons has a huge significance not only in the book, but also how it would change things in future generations. Robot surgeons would change the way healthcare is done today. It would replace the doctors, nurses, paramedics even, which would cause a whole different way of living for some-most people. “ You don’t need an M.D., case like this; all you need is two handymen, clean up the problem in half an hour.”(First section, pg. 13, paragraph 6, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). This shows that medical treatments, surgeries, any form of medical treatment will take less time then it would now, doctors would not have to perform any life threatening procedures, and it will be all done by robots.
In the book Fahrenheit 451, the author Ray Bradbury, uses a lot of symbols and talks a lot about future technology and changes that may or will happen. One example of symbols he uses is in the first section on page 12 and 13, just like in the article, Bradbury uses the symbol of robot surgeons. The symbol of robot surgeons in the article has a huge symbolic significance to the book by that “Did it drink the darkness? Did it suck out all the poisons accumulated with the years?”(First section, pg.13, paragraph 1, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). In a way the first machine is like the igniter and the second machine is like the flame and the chemicals. The second machine takes away the knowledge of books and adds chemicals, poisons, darkness and the first adds the spark of the flame and together both burn not only the books that have words on every page and knowledge but the eyes of the beholder of knowledge, in a way, burning the authors as well. Did it drink the darkness?(did it get rid of the knowledge?) did it suck out all the poisons accumulated with the years?(did it get rid of all the hard work and knowledge and memories the authors had?). Another way to look at this passage is look at the machines as being Montaq and the impersonal operator of the machines is Beatty. “It fed in silence with an occasional sound of inner suffocation and blind searching. It had an eye. The impersonal operator of the machine could, by wearing a special optical helmet, gaze into the soul of the person whom he was pumping out. What did the eye see? He did not say. He saw but did not see what the eye saw.”(First section, pg.13, paragraph 1, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury). This, in a way, shows that Montaq is blind to his searching, he is confused of what to do, either burn the knowledge and the authors, or read the knowledge and grasp and understand what the authors are and were trying to express. Beatty, being the chief, knowing who he is working with, knows Montaq is hiding something but yet could not grasp what it was and therefore Montaq did not say what he had or have read and kept it to himself behind Beatty’s back.
The symbol of the robot surgeons is very important for this book. Through out the whole novel, Ray Bradbury uses many symbols and explains a lot about the technology of the future. This particular symbol is important because it talks about, in the passage on page 13, did the machines take away what was there before, making it connected to the burning of books with the chemicals and the igniter. Its important because the whole book talks about the burning of books, the lose of knowledge, new technology, etc.
Finally, both the article and the book have knowledge of future generation and changes that will be made through our everyday lives, to health care, to our day to day jobs. No matter how many symbols there are in the book or the article that explains the future, we will not know what will happen and what wont happen, until the future generation has begun changing.

– Mackenzie Dinn

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In the current time we are living in today, the technology that is invented is incredible. With the technology we have today, book burning would not even matter, in the eyes of some, it would matter. People may say books are also dying or already dead. In the eyes of most people burning books does not even matter anymore, they are dead, or dying anyways, which is shown through the technology that’s used today, in the book “Fahrenheit 451”(1950), and how I look at this view.
It is shown most people think burning books does not even matter anymore and is shown through the technology used today. Technology today has gotten more and more advanced in order to entertain us. Ipads, Iphones, and other technology now have the ability to purchase books online instead of having to go buy books at the store and in the eyes of most, collect dust in there house, they can search up there book that they want on these devices and purchase the book for less on there device then they would if they bought an actual book. These advanced technologies allow for a tap of your finger, you have the book at your fingertips. With a swipe of your finger to the left it will “turn the page”, no more turning the pages in your actual hands, no feeling of the pages between your fingertips, the swipe of your finger sends a signal to your device to allow for the page to “turn”. These devices allows for people to have multiple books in a condensed amount of space that you can carry in a case or in your pocket. Books are not important now a days with the technology invented. Burning books would not even come to peoples minds in today’s world, because they have this ability to have books on devices instead of caring a hard cover paper copy of the book around all day. The book burning idea, then, was to burn books if they did not like the message the author was providing us. Now, book burning is done with a swipe of your finger and taping delete. If someone does not like the message the author is getting at, they will delete the book, which is like burning the book in a way. The technology that has been invented and the devices, it shows that book burning does not matter anymore, our lifestyle of living is different and the way people look at things has changed and will keep changing until the ideas run out.
In the book “Fahrenheit 451”(1950), it gives a totally different perspective of book burning. Instead of book burning not being important, it’s the biggest symbol and is extremely ironic, throughout the whole novel. “In the old days, before homes were completely fireproof…… Did not firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?”(pg. 31, Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury). At this point in the novel, Montag gets an understanding of what has changed from “in the old days” until now. He comes to realize he is burning away the messages that he wants to read and understand. The technology in the book allows for a change to happen when Montag never even realized from the start of being a firefighter, what he was doing until Clarisse finally opens up the closed book of truth to him and he cant burn away. After realizing what he has done, he wants to keep this book of truth and open it even further to understand the rest and for himself to make a difference not only to himself but others as well. “Where’s your common sense? None of those books agree with each other. You have been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel. Snap out of it! The people in those books never lived, come on now!”(pg. 35, Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury). This shows they believe that books are already dying or dead anyways, books don’t have any connection of messages, all the messages are “threats” and they want to burn them to get rid of the “threat”. In this book they believe books are dead or dying so they burn them without thinking of what they are actually destroying, of the knowledge, messages and in a way the authors as well, but no matter what is given to them, Montag, Faber and Clarisse are the only characters who understand the meaning of reading and the importance of the messages the authors have provided.
Finally, burning books does not matter anymore, in my opinion, is defiantly something I agree on. The technology has taken over the way we do everything in our day to day activities, be it work related, reading, playing games, etc. Since the invention of books going onto technology, I have seen a huge change in how many books are being purchased at book stores, compared to, how many technologies are being purchased to read the books on them. In my opinion, technology allowing books to be purchased and read on them is a great way to conserve space and money. I feel no matter how the message is given through a book or technology, it does not matter what way a book is presented. Books are a form of messages being given to us through the authors and I feel its important for books not to be forgotten about of burned, rather, be a way of entertainment and something to enjoy, to understand the way authors feel towards something and to learn new things each and every day.
In conclusion, burning books does not matter anymore. Technology has changed the way we live in our everyday life and has changed the way we read. No matter how a book is presented, it does not matter, as long as people can read and understand what the authors were getting at. Its something we should be proud of and accept the fact life is about changes. These changes are not just something that happen for no reason, it happens for a cause. No matter what we do or how we live, life will change bit by bit everyday and make the world a different environment to live in, no matter how hard we may want to stop it, it will change for the best.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Print.

– Mackenzie Dinn

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In the article “Heinrich Heine on Burning Books” the author Austin Cline, talks a lot about the connection between the holocaust and book burning through talking about why people burn books, how people think books are a “threat” and how both burning books and burning people are connected.
One of the ways the author connects the holocaust and book burning is through explaining why people burn books. “People don’t burn books simply because they disagree with the message of the books, they burn book because the message of the books is a threat”, this passage shows that people don’t just burn books just for the sake of doing it, they burn them to express there way of getting rid of the “threat” or the message the book has that they don’t like. They feel by burning the books, it will burn the message as well, but the message is still there, it will only “eliminate growth of the message” as he states as well. People believe that burning books will burn the message away all together but no matter if its in there minds from them reading it or in the ashes of the pages, the message is still there somewhere. People think that taking the next step of burning books to burn away the message that don’t like, is the only thing they are burning, but they are wrong. Burning the books is also burning the thoughts and the feelings the book has, but most importantly and ironically, in a way, its burning the authors as well.
Another connection the author uses to connect the holocaust and book burning is through how people think books are a “threat”. “The action which Nazi Germany is most famous for are probably the burning of books and the burning of people”, this passage from the article shows how the Nazi’s not only burnt books but they burnt people as well, but yet the author explains how they had a reason behind the fact. They burnt the books for the “health, safety, and welfare of the German nation” as Austin states in the article. The Nazi’s took the step of burning the people and the books to protect there nation from this so called “threat” or wrong message expressed from the books or people/authors. Burning people and books are both no way a good answer to the problem, but this is what they believed. They believed eliminating the threat would solve the problem. “Permanent elimination of the message requires permanently eliminating the authors of the message. If books can be burned to destroy them, why not burn people to destroy them as well? This eliminates the message and all trace of the messenger as well.”, this quote exactly explains what the people and Nazi’s thought when they wanted to get rid of the message, burning both the books and the people will make the message be eliminated and they will have a better life knowing the message is gone, in there minds, but in reality, its still in there minds, burning away there own memories, just like they did to the authors and the messages they expressed in the books for the entertainment of others.
Finally, the author connects the holocaust to book burning through, how both burning books and burning people are connected. “Burning books and burning people are connected because both stem from a desire to eliminate ideas that are a threat to the some group or ideology which is in power.”, this shows that both burning books and burning people are connected in both are laminating the problem. In both cases from the Nazi’s burning books and people for the safety of there nation and for people burning books to urn the message, both are connected of wanting to get rid of a message they don’t like or the threat that causes problems for them. In some way, in the end it will, in there minds, it allows them to feel a sense of comfort by burning away this message/ threat, but in other peoples minds, it’s a step they could have stopped from taking, and is not something that should happen if its taking the life of others away from them and destroying the messages the books are giving that the authors took time to write about for people to understand what he/she is trying to say.
In conclusion, the author talks a lot about the connection between the holocaust and book burning through talking about why people burn books, how people think books are a “threat” and how both burning books and burning people are connected. Both burning books and burning people are connected in a way of getting rid of the message. People believed in the time of World War 2, violence was the answer. Getting rid of there problems through killing, or in there case, burning, would burn away the message forever, but really, the message is somewhere. In this authors conclusion it says “Maybe if the connection between burning books and burning people were made more explicit, the general social condemnation would be louder, making it more difficult for people to choose to burn books in the first place.”. Books are important in a way of it expresses a message that the authors thought needed to be expressed in the eyes of others, not just himself. People need to look at the positive side of the message instead of the negative. The one question people need to ask themselves is “What would be the right decision?” and after they answer this question, and ask this question for the rest of there lives, nothing in life will be hard to succeed in.

– Mackenzie Dinn