In Faherenheit 451 what are three things that are similar in our society and Montag's society?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you can at least argue that the following things are quite similar between our society and that of Montag:

  1. People are constantly bombarded with intrusive types of entertainment.  We have TV, the internet, radio, our cell phones, things like that.  All of these make it so that we are constantly being "entertained" and, perhaps, have less time to think.
  2. People tend to be very thin-skinned about criticism.  One of the reasons that books are banned in this society is that they made some people angry if they were treated badly in the books.  Nowadays, various groups get angry if they are depicted negatively in books, TV shows, etc.
  3. There is (you can argue) a general anti-intellectual movement in our country right now.  We are suspicious of "elites" who are educated because they seem "out of touch" and not like "regular Americans."
Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most recent events of a Florida pastor committing himself to burring the Qur'an is a reminder of how Bradbury's work is not that far off the pace of modern society.  We might dismiss the threats to burn the Qur'an as a fringe element, but the reality is that such ideas are present.  The metaphorical "burning" of books can also be seen in school districts that ban books, literature, from being read.  When works by Sallinger, Blume, Joyce, or Anderson are banned from student consumption, it is a reminder that the desire to keep books out of those who wish to read them is something that comes out of Bradbury's work and is applicable to our own.

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