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Displacement Effects Paper

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April 6, 2011 Displacement Effects Reflection Paper Throughout Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 , the overarching element of displacement effects stand out to the reader because of how relatable a book written in the 1950’s is with the 21 st century. The three major displacement effects, reading, personal relationships and the lack of connection with nature, that Fahrenheit 451 focuses on all exist abundantly throughout our society today. Main character, Guy Montag, goes through a whirlwind of experiences that have the reader reflecting upon their own experiences or lack thereof with literature, personal relationships and nature. Bradbury describes a dystopian lifestyle that his characters live in where electronic media is the main source for their knowledge and entertainment with a particular emphasis of television. It is the hope of the government that with television as the people’s main means of distraction, they will forget about books altogether. By reading becoming displaced in their lives, people become addicted to the electronic media that is introduced such as gigantic televisions which take up entire wall spaces and “seashells” or more commonly known as headphones in order to listen to the news and radio on the go. Captain Beatty’s speech to Guy Montag in the first part of the book is rather telling in that Captain Beatty too once was curious about books and is actually quite knowledgeable about them after breaking the rules and reading them himself. However, he offers insight as to why books are just elongated and drawn-out versions of what a simple headline could offer. The government’s banning of books simply limits people’s imagination to read between the lines, think for themselves and draw on their own conclusions, rather than a conclusion just being given to them. The abolishment and burning of books is a temporary way for people to try to cover up what they may not want to know. Beatty’s
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convincing argument of the beauty in burning books stuns Montag as he lists off the advantages, “White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin . Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag” (59). This philosophy of if it doesn’t exist then it must not be true is an ignorant approach to protecting humanity from the truth. Growing up, I used to dream of one day becoming an author. I had quite a collection of books that I read and I would use those ideas and fuse them with my own to invent stories of fictional magnitude. As I got older, reading and writing became less cool and I began putting
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