Fahrenheit 451The society in Fahrenheit 451 has many similarities along with many differencesof our modern day American society. Some of the similarities of our society andthe society in Fahrenheit 451 are that in our society, which is becoming moreand more technologically advanced, individuals are demanding things to becomefaster and faster. As with the society in Fahrenheit 451, everything is fast andreadily available at the touch of a fingertip. Another similarity in our societyand the society of Fahrenheit 451 is that things that may have been considereddangerous and rare, such as suicide and murder, is becoming an “everydaything” or a usual happening in our society, and was even more routine in theFahrenheit 451 society. One other similar characteristic in our society and theFahrenheit 451 society is that more and more, our government is starting to turnthe table in their direction and trying to make us conform to their ideology,along with censoring certain things out of our lives.
There are also differencesin our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. For one, our society does notmake games out of criminal activities, as the society in Fahrenheit 451 does. Another difference in our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451 is that ourpresent day government and society does not see war as a usual thing and doesnot take war lightly, like the government and society in Fahrenheit 451 does. Our present day society is becoming more and more technologically advanced, andas a result things are becoming faster and easier to use. In the society ofFahrenheit 451 technology has developed further than in our world and hastherefore probably met the demands that we have now. Still, the citizens inFahrenheit 451 have increased their demand for speed and ease of use.
Forexample, the cars in Fahrenheit 451 exceed the present day speed limits and areallowed legally to “speed”. In our society cars are also becoming faster andfaster, and as a result, the speed limit is constantly being broken. Also, inFahrenheit 451 the banks are open twenty-four hours a day with electronictellers, in order to make it easier for the citizens to get money faster andanytime that they feel like taking it out of their account. In our society newbanking techniques are being developed. Such as ATM’s which are very similarto the robots in Fahrenheit 451, in the sense that they allow anybody with anATM account to withdraw cash anytime of the day. This is evidence that oursociety is becoming more and more technologically advanced and dependent andinsistent on faster things.
Another similarity between our society and thesociety in Fahrenheit 451 is that events such as murder and suicide are becomingmore common than they used to be. For example, in Fahrenheit 451 when milleoverdosed on her sleeping pills, instead of an ambulance coming to take her tothe hospital, a “crew” came to her house to pump her stomach, and flush herblood. When Guy asked why they didn’t have to bring her to the hospital, theytold him that it was routine and it happened 7 or 8 times on his block a night. This is also evident in our society. An example would be that our hospitals havecertain teams to respond to anything from attempted suicides to attemptedmurders. Another example in our society would be that we have establishednumbers that you can call if somebody consumes a poison (poison control center)were the operator can give you information on how to control the poison or getit out of the persons system.
One other similarity between our society and thesociety in Fahrenheit 451 is that the government in both societies are graduallyturning the table in their direction and slowly trying to force their ideologyon us. Trying to form a Indoctrinate type of society. This is slowly takingeffect in our society and we are not reacting to it in the way that we should,rather we are ignoring it and letting it take place. If we keep letting ithappen, than our society can end up like the society in Fahrenheit 451, in whichthe government basically controls their lives, and does not let them be exposedto different ideas than what the government sees fit. Censoring out any outsideideas such as books and education.
As a result of censoring out these materialsour society can end up like the society in Fahrenheit 451 in the fact that thegovernment can make certain agencies, such as the firemen who burn books, tostop us from sharing other peoples ideas. Along with similarities, there arealso differences in our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. One of thesedifferences is that our society (at least not yet) makes games out of illegalactivities. For example, in Fahrenheit 451 Clarrise was run over by somebodyspeeding. This was considered a normal case, since in this society there was agame, which teens played, in which you got a certain amount of points if you hita person. Although this may occasionally happen in our society too, it is notconsidered normal, and is not looked upon as “teens just having fun” as itis looked upon in Fahrenheit 451.
This is a distinct difference between oursociety and the society in Fahrenheit 451. One other difference between oursociety and the society in Fahrenheit 451 is that the society and government inFahrenheit 451 takes war very lightly and sees it as an routine happening. Thereare always bombers going overhead and the wives of the men in the army arealways taking of how quick the war is going to be “48 hours, its going to bequick war”. However, in our society war is taken very seriously and usuallylasts for weeks if not months, and the wives and husbands of members of thearmed forces worry about how long their partner will be away and if the will dieor not. This is another difference of our society and the society in Fahrenheit451.
These are some of the similarities and differences of our society and thesociety of Fahrenheit 451. I hope that you have realized by reading this, thatour society is not very different from the Fahrenheit 451 society. Also that ifwe keep up the way we are living that we may end up like the society inFahrenheit 451. Also I hope that you have realized that the things that we aretaking for granted, such as books and other materials are slowly becoming moreand more rare, and if we keep taking these things for granted, they maydisappear along with our morals and values as happened to the society inFahrenheit 451. I hope you have enjoyed this essay and that this essay hastaught you about the Fahrenheit 451 society and our society and what thedifferences and similarities between the two are.