Compare and Contrast Essay
Have we become so dependent on technology today that it has destroyed our relationships? This essay will shed some light on the similarities and differences to the story of Fahrenheit 451 and our culture today. For instance, face to face communication has become less important in our world where devices are used frequently to make contact. We are also still able to write and read books, but could eventually become more like Bradbury’s classic if our dependence on technology continues to grow. In Fahrenheit 451, the characters have relationships with technology instead of each other; however, people today often get too fond of technology as well.
In today’s society, the main way to communicate is through technology, just like in Fahrenheit 451. This is apparent throughout the novel, where technology has become the ...view middle of the document...
This is similar to today’s society where social media and the excessive use of smart phones and texting have become a main form of communication. We find ourselves in a world where most teenagers are more comfortable wearing headphones and listening to music than they are with having a conversation with others. Technology has also replaced going to the bank and talking with a teller. Now everything is done on line or through an ATM.
There are also differences in our society compared to what we find in the book. We still have the means to read and write. There are no laws that prohibit us from keeping books in our home or people seeking to destroy them. The novel opens with that very statement, “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to things blackened and changed.” (Bradbury page 3). We later realize that in the novel books are not legal and must be burned if they are found. While books are not illegal in our world today they are becoming used less and less. Once again, technology has become a major place to capture the written word. We can read books, but most people do this through a device like a Kindle or iPad. We also find ourselves reading less because technology has distracted us to do different things like play Angry Birds.
In conclusion, if we continue to increasingly rely on technology as a main form of communication, society may become more like Fahrenheit 451. Social media is now used to maintain relationships instead of sitting down over a lunch. Families are texting each other inside of their own homes instead of talking to one another. If we don’t stop with our free fall into technology we may find ourselves in a culture that is just like the book . Where does it stop?
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Random House, 1991. Print