(MIP-1) In the society the families are attached to technology which causes them to not have human like traits. (SIP-A) Families are so attached they do not socialize or communicate with one another. (STEWE-1)As Mildred refers to the TV character as her family, “‘Now,’ said Mildred, ‘my ‘family’ is people. They tell me things; I laugh, they laugh! And the colors! ’” (69). Mildred calls the people on the TV her family. She does not refer to Montag as family as well. Mildred thinks that she has a family on the TV screen, but all she has is Montag.
Most people do not refer to TV characters as their family but in the society families are bombarded by technology and are unable to relate to one another by simply socializing or communicating. (STEWE-2) Montag asks, “‘how are your children, Mrs. Phelps? ’ He asked. ‘You know I haven’t any! No one in his right mind, the Good Lord knows, who would have children! ’ Said Mrs. Phelps, not quite sure why she was angry with the man” (92). (SIP-B) Families and individuals whom are living in the society have unhuman like traits. (STEWE-1) Montag confronts Mildred with the idea of, “‘You took all the pills in your bottle last night. ‘Oh, I wouldn’t do a thing like that. Why would I do a thing like that? ’ she said. ‘Maybe you took two pills and forgot and took two more, and forgot again and took two more, and were so dopey you kept right in until you had thirty or forty of them in you’” (17).
Mildred kept taking pills without remembering. Her stomach was pumped and she didn’t remember. This doesn’t seem to phase Mildred, however it phases Montag. It is very unhuman like to forget things, take drugs and forget right away. She is forgetting important things because everyday all day she is watching TV in the parlor. STEWE-2) “‘Patience,’ whispered Faber. ‘I shouldn’t be here’ whispered Montag, almost to himself. ‘I should be on my way back to you with money! ’ ‘Tomorrow’s time enough. Careful! ’ ‘Isn’t this show wonderful? ’ cried Mildred. ‘Wonderful’” (90). Mildred can’t even keep a conversation going if it’s not about her or the TV. (CS) Due to technology not only do families have unhuman like traits but are unable to socialize and communicate with one another. (MIP-2)
Characters such as Mildred are attached to technology and are unable to socialize, communicate and understand the impacts of family. SIP-A)Mildred is unable to socialize with Montag and others. (STEWE-1) Mildred always has her headphones in as, “She had both ears plugged with electronic bees that were humming the hour away. She looked up suddenly, saw him and noted. ‘ You all right? He asked. She was an expert at lipreading from 10 years of apprenticeship at Seashell ear-thimbles. She nodded again”(16). Mildred was not willing to talk to Montag. Montag however wants to have a conversation with Mildred.
Mildred is bombarded by the technology but is acting like she is paying attention. STEWE-2) Montag tries to socialize with Mildred, ”Montag turned and looked at his wife, who sat in the middle of the parlor talking to announcer, who in turn was talking to her. ‘Mrs. Montag,’ he was saying. This, that, and the other. ‘Mrs. Montag–’ Something else and still another. The converter attachment, which has been cost them one hundred dollars, automatically supplied her name whenever the announcer addressed his anonymous audience, leaving a blank where the proper syllables could be filled in” (61). Mildred doesn’t respond to others due to the distraction of technology.
Mildred was talking to the TV like she was an actress. (SIP-B) Mildred is unable to communicate with Montag because she is always watching TV. (STEWE-1) Monatg says, “‘Millie…? He whispered. ‘What? ’ ‘I didn’t mean to startle you. What I want to know is…’ ‘Well? ’ ‘When did we meet? And where? ’ ‘Where did we meet for what? ’ she asked. ‘I mean-originally. ’ He knew she must be frowning in the dark. He clarified it. “The first time we ever met, where was it, and when?… He was cold. “Can’t you remember? ’” (40). Mildred and Montag can’t remember when they met, or how they met.
This is a side effect to too much technology. (STEWE-2)Mildred says, ”It’s really fun it’ll be even more fun we can afford to have a fourth wall installed. How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in? It’s only two thousand dollars” (18). Mildred only stays with Montag for his money for the fourth wall in the parlor. She is so obsessed that she must have this fourth wall TV. (CS) Citizens throughout the society are unable to socialize, causing problems such as drug overdoses and memory loss. MIP-3)
Characters such as Montag whom are away from technology are able to think and challenge society. (SIP-A) Montag is able to understand what the society is keeping from them and he knows that technology is a danger. (STEWE-1) As Mildred and her friends talk they state, “‘I voted last election, same as everyone, and I laid it on the line for president noble. I think he’s one of the nicest looking men ever became president. ’ ‘Oh, but the man they ran against him’ ‘He wasn’t much, was he? Kind of small and homely and he didn’t shave too close or comb his hair very well. ’”(93).
Montag knows that the society chose one bad candidate that would obviously lose and one nice looking candidate that would obviously win. Since Montag is away from technology, unlike Mildred, he understands what they are doing. He understands this because he is away from the loop of people always in technology. He is not watching TV or taking drugs, he is reading books and thinking. Montag knows that the society is keeping the fact that the society lied. Mildred and her friends went with what the society wants because the technology has taken over their lives (STEWE-2)Montag says, “‘Nobody listens any more.
I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense’” (78). Montag is someone who is away from technology and he is able to challenge others throughout the society that need to be challenged. Montag is realizing that there is a clear problem throughout the society. His wife is always watching TV and won’t talk to him often. If Mildred got off of the TV she wouldn’t would be able to challenge what the society does alongside Montag. SIP-B) characters such as Clarisse and her family and granger are the same as Montag. (STEWE-1)
“My uncle says it was different once. A long time back sometimes pictures said that or even showed people. Your uncle said, your uncle said your uncle must be a remarkable man” (28). Clarisse’s uncle is someone else who is away from technology and is able to actually live. He was considered remarkable because he was away from technology. Charisse’s family is the complete opposite of what the society strives for. (STEWE-2) Granger says, “We’re used to that.
We all made the right kind of mistakes, or we wouldn’t be here. When we were separate individuals, all we had was rage. I struck a fireman where he came to burn my library a couple years ago. I’ve been running ever since” (143). Granger didn’t let technology effect and get to him which made him think and live. Granger is another character whom reflects Montag’s intentions in the society. (CS) Montag and others who can relate read books and challenge society are able to live without using technology. (AGG) Does technology sound dangerous?
Maybe not, but in Montag’s society it is. It’s the gateway to drug overdoses and memory loss. (BS-1) Due to technology not only do families have unhuman like traits but are unable to socialize and communicate with one another. (BS-2) Citizens throughout the society are unable to socialize, causing problems such as drug overdoses and memory loss. (BS-3) Montag and others who can relate read books and challenge society are able to live without using technology. (TS) In the book Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury gets the message across that technology is dangerous. RTS)
In the book Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury gets the message across that technology is dangerous. (BS-3) Montag and others who can relate read books and challenge society are able to live without using technology. (BS-2) Citizens throughout the society are unable to socialize, causing problems such as drug overdoses and memory loss. (BS-1) Due to technology not only do families have unhuman like traits but are unable to socialize and communicate with one another. (R) Too much technology is a danger, as the novel Fahrenheit 451 taught.