Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 has been criticized, challenged and banned yet it has been acknowledge as one of the most symbolic dystopias of the twentieth century by many theorists in which the novel predominately focusses on technology, censorship and knowledge vs ignorance. Although the novel has been analyzed many times with a focus on the influence of mass communication and technology, Bradbury has also conveyed the dangerous impact when ideas and knowledge symbols such as literature are censured through the use of technology.
“Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most famous and popular novels written belonging to the literary genre know as “dystopias” (Paul Brains) in time as it follows Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty- Four. Both novels are frequently compared due to their similarity of media controlling information, however, the influence of television on the society in each novel differs. The image of Big Brother and the Inner Party, spy on the public though screens that viewers are watching on in Nineteen-Eighty- Four where as , in Fahrenheit 451, entertainment exploits a desire for escapism to control the society. The major theme of censorship is conveyed in both novels, however, the use of technology in Fahrenheit 451 depicts the influence of hyperreality on society.
In the quote, “an intoxication of forbidden knowledge in which the natural things become unimportant”, Anne Rice expresses that a life of ignorance and prohibited knowledge contains darkness without a source of light. Knowledge that is forbidden limits society in which humanity ceases to develop. A robust society is full of creativity where open discussion can occur, however, the act of censorship indicates an unstable or corrupt society, due to limitation. An exemplification of this quote can be shown in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradley.
The novel takes place in a dystopian society of America involving a 30 year old fireman name Guy Montag, his coworker Beatty, his wife Mildred, and a literature professor named Faber.