Do you think our society has a materialistic propensity like Fahrenheit 451?Do you think our society has a materialistic propensity like Fahrenheit 451?

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mrssapp | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Yes, I believe our society has a materialistic propensity as the characters do in "Fahrenheit 451".  Just we do in our lives, the characters in the book measure their value by their possessions.  Montag's wife is constantly pestering him to purchase a 4th screen for their TV.  This addition to their possessions would seemingly make their lives complete.  In our society, people often measure their self-worth with the number and type of possessions they have.  Teenagers compete to have the best iPod or cell phone.  Just like in "Fahrenheit 451", advertising encourages this materialistic nature in our world.  The TV is constantly encouraging Montag's wife to buy this or that to help improve her life.  Our advertising is very similar.  Clarisse is a foil to this in the book.  Through her anti-materialistic nature, she helps the reader see this about the society in "Fahrenheit 451".

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