Fahrenheit 451– Certain Aspect Of Society
He does so by gradually starting to question specific aspect of society which most merely accept as truth. Montag’s task as a fireman serves as a setting to demonstrate how many people passively accept the absurdity of their society. Rather of rushing to put out fires, as firemen today do, Montag hurries to begin fires, burning the books and houses of individuals reported to have books. This was thought about by most people to be a respectable profession.
But on different celebrations Montag took a book out of burning homes and would from time to time read them. From this, he begins to question the worths of is society. Montag’s marriage likewise serves a setting to contrast passive approval versus questioning of society’s values. His marital relationship is not the delighted kind that pairs today experience but more like a coexistence. He and his other half live together and he supports her, though he obviously neither likes her a great deal or anticipates her to love him.
This relationship and living arrangement, with its lack of love, is Bradbury’s way of revealing what life might be like if individuals not just stop communicating however stop believing and selecting, hence losing control over their lives. Montag and his partner continue to cohabit though individuals in that situation today would not think twice to end such a relationship. Montag’s other half apparently accepts this relationship due to the fact that it is normal for the society in which she lives.
Like Brave New World_characters escaping from truth through making use of soma, Montag’s other half, and numerous other characters, escape through enjoying a sophisticated form of television. This television system covers three of the walls of the Montag’s TV space (they can’t pay for to buy the screen to cover the fourth wall), has a control system that permits the watchers to nteract with the characters on the program and another system that inserts Mrs. Montag’s name into particular places, therefore creating the image they the characters are in fact conversing with them.
Montag’s other half, having just a couple of good friends and ones she hardly ever sees, invests much of her day in this space, enjoying a program called “The Family”, a federal government sponsored program that shows the viewers what life at home need to resemble. The issue with this is that Montag’s better half takes the program as a substitute for reality. She is almost addicted to the program, much as eople were with soma in Brave New World. Bradbury utilizes this tv and it’s programs as a way of revealing the escape he is concerned individuals will search for in the future.
Without actively questioning society’s worths, he is concerned that people will look for methods to idly invest their time. However like Marx, Montag chooses not to participate in this dependency. By abstaining, he can see the affects it’s usage has on individuals around him, much as Marx and more notably John the Savage saw in their culture. Both authors try to show that with life simplified by strong federal government ontrol and a lack of personal participation individuals will no longer invest their time thinking, questioning or developing their own ideas.
Through these numerous diversions from regular behavior in society, Marx, John the Savage and Person Montag are able to see the facts behind the societies they reside in and are able to discover themselves. And though their discoveries indicated that their lives would be changed permanently, the authors was successful in revealing that the key to mankind depends on thinking and questioning. These men found themselves through their own discoveries, much as Bradbury and Huxley hope others will do.