What are 2 similarities differences between the television parlor families from Fahrenheit 451 and the family structure in today's society?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Similarities:

  • Both of these "families" interact, spend time with one another, and enjoy each other's company.  In both, characters and people talk and make decisions, and are live participants in the outcome.
  • There are dramas, comedies, tragedies and action in all families, whether real or imaginary as seen in the t.v. parlors.

Differences:

  • The t.v. parlor families are not real.  If there are problems there, or you don't like how the story ended that day, you can walk away.  You don't have to deal with real repercussions of your actions and decisions.  In families, if you say something rude, it has an impact, and you have to deal with it whether you like it or not.  You can't escape real families in the way that you do the t.v. parlor.  Real families are there, all of the time, and you have to deal with them.  T.V. parlor families are convenient entertainment that you can choose to be with or not.
  • T.V. parlor families serve to distract people from meaningful thought, interactions and relationships.  If you spend all of your time in a fake reality, you don't have time for the people in your life, or to really ponder life's meaning.  Real families, on the other hand, help us to practice developing relationships.  We learn to be kinder, more loving, more giving, and better people.  T.V. parlor families only foster indifference and selfishness.  Real families help us to grow as people, and strengthen our own personalities and individuality.

I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!