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The society presented in the novel Fahrenheit 451 is described as robotic, and powerless. Ray Bradbury has taken the realistic concept of equality, and wants everyone to be equal, and translated it into a population of robot like beings.

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Name: Morgan Caruso Course: Grade 10W English Teacher: Mr. Werner Paetzold Due Date: Monday, September 13th 2010 The Robot Society When a community stops asking questions, people stop thinking for themselves and are unable to identify right from wrong. This prevents them from gaining new information and eventually all communication and relation to others will stop. The society stops caring for one and other and people are then isolated, people who do not think, who do not discuss their opinions become vulnerable for manipulation. This illustrates a perfect example of the intention of author Ray Bradbury in his novel Fahrenheit 451, he envisions a society where the people have become brainwashed by an ideology which prohibits them to question authority and law. The community has narrowed their opportunities to inquire and think independently because of constant bombardment by television, radio advertisements and audio information. The community is forced to deal with occurrences which distract from the opportunity to establish their own thoughts. The world is so overloaded with information that people are unable to think for themselves. ...read more.


Chief Beatty is one of these people. In the passage quoted above, he tells Montag what is going on, of the reasoning behind the burning of books. This alludes to his power, and shows his ability to make decisions based on this power. He may not be free in his mind and the way he thinks, but he is able to experience a different kind of freedom. He has control of what occurs, it is his job to keep the peace, to keep people within their mindset of equality, to maintain happiness within the society. Inside the society, no one feels inferior or threatened, everyone has identical knowledge. It was books that disturbed this peace, because they provoked people to see different sides of a story, it gave them knowledge, which destroyed the balance of equality in the community. This would then result in disagreements and a questioning of people's opinions over important events like war. This is where the new role of a fireman was developed. The community was in need of submissive workers to maintain and enhance the restriction against books, by burning them. ...read more.


Montag fears this hound, because he suddenly recognizes the disturbed behaviour of the people whom he lives with and has to frequent every day. He finally understands that the people no longer have control; they have let themselves grow into this robot-like life. They have no choice over what they think, feel or even believe. Hence, when a community stops asking questions people become accustomed to a routine, and they are programmed to follow this routine without change in what they feel or do. People are powerless to think or feel. The society presented in the novel Fahrenheit 451 is described as robotic, and powerless. Ray Bradbury has taken the realistic concept of equality, and wants everyone to be equal, and translated it into a population of robot like beings. The people have a mindset, where everyone should have equally knowledge and equal wants and needs, this converts into elimination of thinking, and individuality. This is shown through the character of the mechanical hound, who is a representation of what all society has become, programmed to think and act, with no opportunity to develop its own opinions. People are no longer capable of asking questions, due to the inability of judgment and belief. ...read more.

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