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Posted January 10, 2009 at 5:10 AM via web

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What is the role of technology in Fahrenheit 451? 

Can you recognize some elements from nowadays?

 

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 10, 2009 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Technology such as the Mechanical Dog is used for physical control of the people. The dog has poison that can be injected to stop people from doing something Montag's society does not approve of. Technology such as the TV walls and broadcasted commercials are used for the mental control of the people. Millie is somewhat brainwashed by the virtual reality people that she watches and interacts with in her living room. In fact, she is so empty inside from this fake reality, that when she overdoses on sleeping pills, Montag begins to realize that there must be something really wrong with people that everyone can put on a false front. Some of the technology in the book is similar to technology we have today, like interactive games, television, or internet. Just as Millie can interact with her tv walls, we have many technologies like computer or video games that have a virtual reality.

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