What does the poem "Dover Beach" symbolize in both the novel Fahrenheit 451, and in our present society?

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Montag reads the poem "Dover Beach" to his wife and her friends in the parlor of his house. The poem, "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold, symbolizes the cultural change taking place throughout the modern world. Arnold portrays a modern society that is driven towards scientific advancement while simultaneously losing interest in faith and religion. He depicts the world as a place void of peace, joy, and love.

In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Montag reads the poem which makes Mrs. Phelps cry. The poem symbolizes the emotionless, detached society that people live in. The poem affects Mrs. Phelps, who comes face-to-face with the reality of her bleak existence. In the dystopian civilization that Montag lives in, emotions and feelings are repressed, and reality is manufactured. The imagery throughout "Dover Beach" correlates with the hopeless, violent society depicted in Fahrenheit 451.

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