What are two quotes that describe Bradbury's society as being fast-paced?

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When Beatty visits Montag at his home, he lectures Montag on the reason why literature has become illegal in Bradbury's dystopian society. He explains how the fast-paced society functions, and mentions that nobody is interested in leisure activities like reading, enjoying theater, or listening to a symphony. In their fast-paced society, people seek immediate satisfaction and feel a need to be constantly entertained. Beatty tells Montag,

"Then, in the twentieth century, speed up your camera. Books cut shorter. Condensations, Digests. Tabloids. Everything boils down to the gag, the snap ending" (Bradbury, 26).

Later on in the novel, Montag visits Faber in hopes of learning how to comprehend the texts he is reading. Faber and Montag then begin to discuss their fast-paced society. Montag expresses his frustration, and Faber explains that there is no such thing as leisure time anymore. Faber tells Montag,

"Off-hours, yes. But time to think? If you're not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can't think of anything else but the danger, then you're playing some game or sitting in some room where you can't argue with the fourwall televisor" (Bradbury, 39).

Citizens in Bradbury's dystopian society are constantly on the move and flooding their brains with adrenaline. They have a desire to live life at full-speed, which leaves no room for enjoyable slow-paced experiences. 

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In the first chapter, "The Hearth and the Salamander", Guy and Clarisse, having just met, are talking.  Clarisse says, "I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly."  She's referring to how fast the cars go and recalls how her uncle once was arrested and jailed for two days for the crime of driving at too low a speed, 40 mph.  A littler further into the conversation, Clarisse asks Guy if he's noticed that billboards are now 200 ft. long.  The reason, she says is, "...But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last."  There are other references to the fast pace of the civilization, including the high-speed train which Guy takes to and from the fire station and more of Clarisse's comments about high school age students who drive fast and have little concern for the value of life.

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