What characterizes art in the cafeterias and museums in the society of Fahrenheit 451?

In the society of Fahrenheit 451, all art lacks meaning and authenticity. The art in the cafeterias and museums is manufactured and abstract. In a society where individuality is nonexistent and creative expression is censored, art does not reflect reality.

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During an enlightening conversation between Clarisse and Montag, she mentions that she is viewed as an outcast in school and elaborates on their depressing, superficial society. According to Clarisse, people never have authentic social interactions anymore and the entertainment is foolish and insignificant. She goes on to tell Montag that the jokeboxes in the cafes tell the same old jokes, the music walls remain lit but lack substance, and all the art inside the museums is abstract. Clarisse's description of the shallow art in Bradbury's dystopia emphasizes the mundane, toxic culture, which is negatively influencing Montag's happiness.

In Bradbury's dystopia, art and knowledge are censored and creativity is nonexistent. The vast majority of the population is comfortably numb and enjoys consuming mindless entertainment. Mildred and her friends are prime examples of the way people consume entertainment in Bradbury's dystopia by remaining glued to their loud, disruptive parlor walls.

Unlike traditional, realistic styles of painting, abstract art does not accurately reflect reality, which would present a depressing, hopeless depiction of the dystopia and make people feel uncomfortable. In general, all art lacks meaning in Bradbury's dystopia, where individuality and authentic expressions do not exist. As Faber explains to Montag in part 2, literature is simply one of the many vehicles of genuine, individual expression that is missing from society.

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