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through television and the more that is put into their minds, the more comes out, only living inthe moment.Throughout the novel the lack of books is a constant idea especially since Guy Montagis working as a fireman who destroys them at the beginning of the of it. The destruction of these books is enforced by the government because in reading these books they believe that the people gain a sense of individualism and superiority having gained more knowledge than the rest of the society which would lead to finding a fault in the system and so reading the
Vedoy 3books has been made against the law. The lack of books represents the government’s efforts tocensor knowledge that is considered “forbidden”.Now the book itself was written in the mid-19th century which is when the cold war, communism, socialism, and fascism forms of government what the American government wasfighting against. In result, the book was influenced by the relevant topics at the time and that is why the form of government present in Fahrenheit 451 is very oppressive demonstrating all of the horrible aspects of these types of government which would explain why the firemen areburning all of the books and this is one way the reality within this novel is distorted.The Mechanical Hound is a tool used by the firemen to hunt and kill anyone who has disobeyed the law. With The Mechanical Hound, people can be tracked by their biochemistry and so the firemen do not need to use any manpower. The Hound represents one-way technology is adapted to become harmful instead of beneficial; the Hound is a marvel of engineering but is used only for the purpose of killing. Montag is continually aware of the Hound because he knows how easily it can kill:"No, no, boy," said Montag, his heart pounding.He saw the silver needle extended upon the air an inch, pull back, extend, pull back. The growl simmered in the beast and it looked at him.(Bradbury, 13)The Hound represents everything brutal about the government of the future. Instead of due process, nonconformists are hunted and killed for the entertainment of the masses. The Houndhas no conscious mind, just programming, just like many of the citizens. They have been programmed by television; the Hound is programmed by the government which also controls
Vedoy 4the televisional media and when the government feels that a citizen has altered or diverted from his programming, the Hound comes out with one purpose, to kill. (Teresapinto510)Ray Bradbury had a strong dislike for the television because it didn’t give you the full story but instead it only gave you a condensed version of the big picture and people were making that a standard.Bradbury's best-known work, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, became an instant classic in the era of McCarthyism for its exploration of themes of censorship and conformity. In 2007, Bradbury himself disputed that censorshipwas the main theme of Fahrenheit 451, instead explaining the book as a story