Discuss how Ray Bradbury uses the fictional, futuristic society of Fahrenheit 451 to convey important ideas about mankind and society.

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In his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury exaggerates elements of twentieth-century society in his depiction of a dystopian future society. This is meant as a way to explore how then current problems might develop and have a negative impact on future generations. In this capacity, Fahrenheit 451 works as a critique of mass media culture and as a cautionary tale about trends a society must be aware of in order to remain free and functional.

Due to the rise of the Nazi dictatorship, World War II, and the Holocaust, the act of burning books as an attack on education and civilization was still recent in public memory. Therefore, a primary concern of Fahrenheit 451 is literacy and the relationships among technology, mass media, and literacy.

The novel examines the role literacy can play in a free society versus how the reduction and corruption of literacy works to establish and maintain totalitarian forms of government. Literacy is more than being able to read a text; it’s also the...

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