Is Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 a realistic description of the world? Is Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 a realistic description of the world?
No, but I think it is a wake-up call for those of us who read and think to guard our academic and intellectual freedoms. While the idea of state-controlled firemen going about burning books and houses in addition to imprisoning social deviants is a bit far fetched, isn't there a little truth to the message? Maybe it's allegorical in some senses... what do firemen represent? Do we know some people who would rather discard or ban a different idea or a notion that conflicts with tradition, than to attempt to understand it and render a...
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Is Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 a realistic description of the world?
No it's not. And it is not supposed to be. It is supposed to be a terrifying vision of an apocalyptic future. In order to highlight the dangers of technology, dictatorship and anti-intellectualism, Bradbury shows us a world of extremes. His vision is not real, but it contains elements of truth which relate to our society and the future of our society.
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