In "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury what connections are there between the book and your life? Explain. In "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury what connections are there between the book and your...

In "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury what connections are there between the book and your life? Explain. 

In "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury what connections are there between the book and your life? Explain. 

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Consider some different areas that might be similar.  For example, Clarisse explains that many of the kids her age "all say the same things and nobody says antyhing different from anyone else".  Are kids you see every day afraid to stick out and be different?  Are they all talking about the same things over and over?  Also, Clarisse mentions how she is "afraid of kids my own age" because they are so cruel to each other.  In her society, they kill each other; but are there examples of how kids are cruel to each other on a smaller scale that you could relate to?

Other areas of possible connection could be how much people watch t.v. these days; all Mildred does all day long is watch her t.v. walls.  So many of us are glued to the t.v. screen, the movie theater or the computer.  Also think about books.  In Montag's society books are forbidden, but they got to be that way because people stopped reading them because they were too lazy.  How many of your friends read books very often?  When is the last time you sat down and really discussed a book with your friends?  So that could be another similarity.

If you look close at your life, and to examples from the book, you should be able to see many similarties; Bradbury fashioned his dystopian novel after our society itself, and just made it the worse-case scenario.  There are connections all throughout the book that hopefully relate to your life.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bradbury addresses numerous issues in modern American society throughout his novel Fahrenheit 451 that readers can relate to today. The prominence of media throughout Bradbury's dystopian society directly relates to America's addiction to television, the internet, movies, video games, and social media. The massive parlor walls also correlate with the increasing size of television screens and displays on cell phones. Bradbury addresses the lack of literature in society, which is something America's multimedia culture detracts from and citizens continue to neglect.

Bradbury also addresses the abuse of prescription medications in the scene where Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills. In modern American society, abusing prescription drugs is a serious issue. Readers can also relate to Faber's rant regarding the consumer culture and making Christ a commodity during the holidays. Bradbury also addresses concerns about being in a constant state of war, which directly relates to America's ongoing presence in Afghanistan and the War on Terror. Bradbury's ability to address and predict certain issues in society that are still prevalent is one of the main reasons Fahrenheit 451 is still popular to this day. 

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