Exhibit 3 Essay 2 Draft 1 Technology and Happiness: Fahrenheit Technology is becoming more integrated into our lives everyday. Montag's wife , Mildred, someone who is caught up in the commercialism and . Tuoponce notes Clarisse's connection to nature and notes: “she can do Thank God, I can kick back!. Clarisse's main role in the novel is to function as a catalyst for Montag's reassessment of pretty much everything. Clarisse is a breath of life in a. The protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman, who goes through a Montag and Mildred – Relationship Made Shallow by A Wall of .. something she has said, and asks him if he has forgiven her, Montag replies: “Yes, I have. God knows why .
Technology allows us to communicate with distant relatives and friends, transport people and goods relatively quickly, and provide news, media, and entertainment. In the case of Fahrenheittechnology has enabled the Hound: Never since its first use in tracking quarry has this incredible invention made a mistake…- nose so sensitive the Mechanical Hound can remember and identify then thousand odor indexes on ten thousand men without resetting!
Imagine if we had this today; our community would be safer if the Hound was employed honorably. It would decrease our need for police and help catch elusive criminals. Technology is not solely good either: An example of this in Fahrenheit is the parlor walls: This is shown in her conversation with Montag: How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in?
We could do without a few things. It was put in only two months ago, remember? She is not satisfied with her current conditions, which are relatively new.
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Even though this form of technology is degrading other aspects of her life she still wants more. The happiness that the third wall brought her has faded and she needs to refuel it. This instance can be directly paralleled to our lives today: This leads to disappointment in yourself, and jealousy of others.
This materialistic lifestyle works against happiness. James Surowiecki explores the correlation between happiness and technology in his article Technology and Happiness, published by MIT: There is no one to offend you or question your ideals because everyone is the same; there are many types of entertainment and games. Beattythe fire chief, explains this happiness to Montag: For pleasure, for titillation?
The lifestyle Bradbury creates in Fahrenheit gives short term happiness. There are two forms of happiness: The former refers to a contingent possibility, the latter to a permanent state History In other words feeling happy comes from outside stimulus, like driving a car fast, whereas being happy is internal. So parlor walls and fancy trips can make you happy, but it is only temporary.
The society Bradbury presents in his novel feels happy, but is not happy. This is revealed through the high suicide rates. In the beginning of the novel Mildred subconsciously commits suicide by ingesting a bottle of sleeping pills which she denies ever happening. When Montag comes home one evening and finds her barely alive in bed he calls the hospital. They send over two handymen to fix Mildred. Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built.
With the optical lens, of course, that was new; the rest is ancient. In a society whose main goal is happiness, suicide rates, only recently, are through the roof. It is so common that more technology was created to get rid of the problem technology originally facilitated. Technology is juxtaposed with nature. In other words nature not only consists of the natural world, but also human nature and our inclinations towards personal relationships. The first happy character presented in Fahrenheit is Clarisse.
Clarisse represents actual happiness. She is new to town and different from the other kids her age. While unhappy people have technology, happy Clarisse has nature. Clarisse accepts Montag for what he is; Montag finds Clarisse's peculiarities that is, her individuality slightly annoying.
Despite all these differences, the two are attracted to one another. Clarisse's vivacity is infectious, and Montag finds her unusual perspectives about life intriguing. Indeed, she is partly responsible for Montag's change in attitude.
She makes Montag think of things that he has never thought of before, and she forces him to consider ideas that he has never contemplated. Moreover, Montag seems to find something in Clarisse that is a long-repressed part of himself: Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you? She speaks to him about her delight in letting the rain fall upon her face and into her mouth.
Later, Montag, too, turns his head upward into the early November rain in order to catch a mouthful of the cool liquid. In effect, Clarisse, in a very few meetings, exerts a powerful influence on Montag, and he is never able to find happiness in his former life again. Yet, if the water imagery of this early scene implies rebirth or regeneration, this imagery is also associated with the artificiality of the peoples' lives in the futuristic dystopia of Fahrenheit Each night before she goes to bed, Mildred places small, Seashell Radios into her ears, and the music whisks her away from the dreariness of her everyday reality.
As Montag lies in bed, the room seems empty because the waves of sound "came in and bore her [Mildred] off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. She has abandoned reality through her use of these tiny technological wonders that instill mindlessness. The Seashell Radios serve as an escape for Millie because they help her avoid thoughts.
Although she would never — or could never — admit it, Millie Montag isn't happy either. Her need for the Seashell Radios in order to sleep is insignificant when measured against her addiction to tranquilizers and sleeping pills. When Millie overdoses on sleeping pills which Bradbury never fully explains as accidental or suicidalshe is saved by a machine and two machinelike men who don't care whether she lives or dies.
This machine, which pumps out a person's stomach and replaces blood with a fresh supply, is used to foil up to ten unexplainable suicide attempts a night — a machine that is very telling of the social climate. Montag comes to realize that their inability to discuss the suicide attempt suggests the profound estrangement that exists between them.
He discovers that their marriage is in shambles. Neither he nor Millie can remember anything about their past together, and Millie is more interested in her three-wall television family. The TV is another means that Mildred uses to escape reality and, perhaps, her unhappiness with life and with Montag. She neglects Montag and lavishes her attention instead upon her television relatives. The television family that never says or does anything significant, the high-speed abandon with which she drives their car, and even the overdose of sleeping pills are all indicators for Montag that their life together is meaningless.
For Montag, these discoveries are difficult to express; he is only dimly cognizant of his unhappiness — and Millie's — when he has the first incident with the Mechanical Hound. In some sense, the Hound's distrust of Montag — its growl — is a barometer of Montag's growing unhappiness. Captain Beatty intuitively senses Montag's growing discontent with his life and job. Beatty is an intelligent but ultimately cynical man. He is, paradoxically, well-read and is even willing to allow Montag to have some slight curiosity about what the books contain.
However, Beatty, as a defender of the state one who has compromised his morality for social stabilitybelieves that all intellectual curiosity and hunger for knowledge must be quelled for the good of the state — for conformity. He even allows for the perversion of history as it appears in Firemen of America: When the curiosity for books begins to affect an individual's conduct and a person's ability to conform — as it does Montag's — the curiosity must be severely punished.
When Montag is called to an unidentified woman's house "in the ancient part of the city," he is amazed to find that the woman will not abandon her home or her books. The woman is clearly a martyr, and her martyrdom profoundly affects Montag. Before she is burned, the woman makes a strange yet significant statement: He was convicted of heresy and sentenced to burn at the stake with a fellow heretic, Hugh Latimer. Latimer's words to Ridley are the ones that the unidentified woman alludes to before she is set aflame.
Note that a couple visual metaphors for knowledge were traditionally of a woman, sometimes bathed in bright light or holding a burning torch.
Ironically, the woman's words are prophetic; through her own death by fire, Montag's discontent drives him to an investigation of what books really are, what they contain, and what fulfillment they offer. Montag is unable to understand the change that is taking place within him. With a sickening awareness, he realizes that "[a]lways at night the alarm comes.
Is it because fire is prettier by night? More spectacle, a better show? Her stubborn dignity compels him to discover for himself what is in books. If Clarisse renews his interest in the sheer excitement of life and Mildred reveals to him the unhappiness of an individual's existence in his society, the martyred woman represents for Montag the power of ideas and, hence, the power of books that his society struggles to suppress.
When Mildred tells Montag that the McClellans moved away because Clarisse died in an automobile accident, Montag's dissatisfaction with his wife, his marriage, his job, and his life intensifies. As he becomes more aware of his unhappiness, he feels even more forced to smile the fraudulent, tight-mouthed smile that he has been wearing.
He also realizes that his smile is beginning to fade. When Montag first entertains the idea of quitting his job for awhile because Millie offers him no sympathetic understanding, he feigns illness and goes to bed. In all fairness, however, Montag feels sick because he burned the woman alive the night before. His sickness is, so to speak, his conscience weighing upon him. Captain Beatty, as noted earlier, has been suspicious of Montag's recent behavior, but he isn't aware of the intellectual and moral changes going on in Montag.
However, he recognizes Montag's discontent, so he visits Montag. He tells Montag that books are figments of the imagination. Fire is good because it eliminates the conflicts that books can bring. Montag later concludes that Beatty is actually afraid of books and masks his fear with contempt. In effect, his visit is a warning to Montag not to allow the books to seduce him. Notice that Beatty repeatedly displays great knowledge of books and reading throughout this section.
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Obviously, he is using his knowledge to combat and twist the doubts that Montag is experiencing. In fact, Beatty points out that books are meaningless, because man as a creature is satisfied as long as he is entertained and not left uncertain about anything. Books create too much confusion because the intellectual pattern for man is "out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery. Another interesting point discussed by Beatty in this section is how people view death.
While discussing death, Beatty points out, "Ten minutes after death a man's a speck of black dust. Let's not quibble over individuals with memoriums. Also in this discussion between Beatty and Montag, the reader can question whether Clarisse's death was accidental, as Beatty states, "queer ones like her don't happen often. We know how to nip most of them in the bud, early.
Notice, however, Bradbury's implicit hope and faith in the common man by representing the life of a working-class fireman. Though Montag isn't a man of profound thought or speech, his transformation has occurred through his innate sense of morality and growing awareness of human dignity. Note, as well, the dual image of fire in its destructive and purifying functions. Although fire is destructive, it also warms; hence, the source of the title of Part One, "The Hearth and the Salamander.
In ancient mythology, the salamander was a creature that could survive fire. Possibly Montag himself is represented in the salamander reference. His job dictates that he live in an environment of fire and destruction, but Montag realizes that the salamander is able to remove itself from fire — and survive. Glossary this great python the fire hose, which resembles a great serpent; a key image in the novel that serves as a reminder of Adam and Eve's temptation to disobey God in the Garden of Eden.
This connection between books and birds continues throughout the text and symbolizes enlightenment through reading. Here, vehicles resemble beetles in the dystopian society. In the concept of nature, the salamander is a visual representation of fire.
In mythology, it endures the flames without burning. Clarisse the girl's name derives from the Latin word for brightest. Guy Montag his name suggests two significant possibilities — Guy Fawkes, the instigator of a plot to blow up the English Houses of Parliament inand Montag, a trademark of Mead, an American paper company, which makes stationery and furnaces.
The image reflects the oppressive nature of a society that burns books because the man in the moon is always watching them. Used to describe the interior of Guy's bedroom.
The moonstone is connected with Mercury, the mythological guide who leads souls to the underworld. TV parlor a multidimensional media family that draws the viewer into action, thereby supplanting the viewer's real family.
That's what the lady said snappy stage comeback that Mildred uses in place of normal conversation.Fahrenheit 451 - Based on a True Story - Book Burning & Rewriting History ▶️️
Beatty the fire captain, who "baits" Montag, is well-named. November 4 the firemen play cards early on Mischief Day November 4the eve of Guy Fawkes Day, when bonfires and burning of guys in effigy commemorate his Gunpowder Plot, an abortive attempt to destroy James I and his Protestant supporters, who oppressed Catholics.
Stoneman and Black firemen whose names suggest that the hardness of their hearts and the color of their skin and hair come from contact with smoke.