In my opinion Fahrenheit 451 is a quite realistic science fiction novel.
In the book a high amount of TV and other media consumption is shown.
Especially Mildred is a good example of control which media have in this
book. This is comparable to the real world because the internet dominates
a lot of people. In contrast to that Bradbury delivers a picture of a
lack of individual freedom. This is unrealistic because nowadays there
is still more individual freedom and independence than in the novel. But
the control of personal data and spying is a problem of our actual society.
The government and some big companies try to spy out their employers.
In opposite of this our current education system supports individuality.
Other arguments for a realistic story are the pollution and destruction
of nature. This has been a quite actual topic for a lot of years and a
problem for the next hundreds of years. Otherwise books and literature
are very strong and nowadays a free info flow exists provided by the media.
But Bradbury shows omnipresent advertising which manipulates people. This
is rather realistic because every movie and every TV show has a lot of
commercial breaks. In the novel Bradbury describes the fire brigade as
people who burn books. This is an unrealistic fact because the fire brigade
helps people and the current government is rather democratic and human.
But the burning of books is not unrealistic at all. It is comparable to
the book burning of the Nazi regime.
In conclusion I would like to say that the science fiction novel Fahrenheit
451 is rather realistic, but with some exceptions.
Comment from: Schubert [Visitor]
In my opinion the novel Fahrenheit 451 is rather realistic future scenario
because some of the aspects in this science fiction story are more or
less already true today, for example the high amount of media cosumption,
especially TV. Another aspect is the spying and control of personal data.
There is also the massive increase of traffic, pollution and the destruction
of nature, which is also a problem of today. In the novel people have
no chance to escape from advertising and the resulting manipulation. The
large amount of commercials is today reality as well as the manipulation
that comes with it. Alienation, annonymity, isolation and superficiality
are also a problem of society today. The number of singles increases more
and more. Another problem that is not only existent in the book is that
it is normal in our society to take drugs like antidepressants, painkillers
and tranquilizers. At last the novel tells us about book burnings which
really happened in the 1930s during the NS-regime. But there are also
a few unrealistic aspects in this story. Today people still have more
individual freedom and are more independence than in the novel. The education
system supports individuality. Today there is no prohibition of literature
and even many critical media exist. Also the government is rather democratic
and human. At last the superficiality isn't that big so that love and
feelings still exist. So all in all I can say that the novel Fahrenheit
451 is a rather realistic science fiction story, but with some exceptions.
Comment from: Fiedler [Visitor]
In my opinion the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a rather realistic
scenario of the future, because some of the fictional aspects, which are
fictionalized in the novel, are also a realistic part of our present.
When we have a closer look at some aspects and details in "Fahrenheit
451", you can see that there are many aspects you can also find in
our present life and which play an important role with regard to the future.
The first point I would like to mention is the high amount of TV and other
media consumption that have a big influence on people's minds and actions.
Another point is the control and spying of personal data we find in our
life and that will be also revealed in the media. There is also the increase
of traffic, air pollution and the destruction of nature which is a big
problem of today.
Also in our life today, we can find alienation, anonymity and isolation.
Most persons want to live for themselves and need no society of others.
The community of singles is growing more and more. It shows that there
is a high amount of isolation. Another point is the consumption of drugs
like painkillers, tranquilizers and antidepressants.
They are used by a high quantity of people to forget their thoughts and
to sedate their minds. Another realistic point you can find in the novel
and in our history is the burning of books. This is (was) an action to
destroy the free will of the people.
All in all I would say that the novel "Fahrenheit 451" is a
rather realistic fictional extrapolation of present problems into the
future, with some exceptions.
Comment from: a.gerlach [Visitor]
Evaluate the view that `Fahrenheit 451is a realistic extrapolation of
present problems into the future which is written to warn against their
possibly dire consequences.The author shows present problems like media
consumption in a futuristic world. Ray Bradbury stresses the fiction of
a modern utopia. In my view this is a realistic extrapolation of present
problems into the future because of several issues in the novel. To begin
with, there are the description of pollution and destruction of nature.
This draws a parallel to the damage of nature nowadays. Besides that Bradbury
points out the anonymity and isolation of human beings. I would say that
the author looks ahead, because these are problems of the contemporary
world. He describes a materialistic world. Let me give an example of this.
Guy Montag´s wife Mildred lives in an absolute faith in the administration
of the government of the society of "Fahrrenheit 451". Moreover
she doesn´t realize the results of total control. She behaves superficially
towards her husband. It´s also a realistic allusion to present the
separation of people. When we have a closer look at the internal conflict
of Guy Montag we see a man who´s convinced of doing the right thing
until he meets a girl named Clarisse. She touches him inside by her childishness
and independence. To my mind that shows a transformation from a superficial
fireman who´s burning books to a reflecting personality. In connection
with the topic of censorship and public manhunt Bradbury´s novel
stresses strong references to the present days in several countries. For
example such things have happened in Russia over the last few years. Another
argument is the control of personal data. It´s quite realistic because
of the use of chipcards for health insurance in Germany. Thus, I have
come to the conclusion that `Fahrenheit 451` shows a realistic extrapolation
of present problems into the future. It is a strong warning.
Comment from: Brandt [Visitor]
In my opinion Fahrenheit 451 is a realistic extrapolation of present problems
into the future. One reason is the high amount of TV and other media consumption.
Today every family has a TV and Internet. Another argument is the control
of personal data. Another reason for the realistic extrapolation of present
problems is the usage of drugs e.g. painkillers, tranquilizers and antidepressants.
Today it is normal to take drugs when someone has problems in any way.
The next point I would like to mention is the destruction of nature and
the pollution. Both are present problems. Another reason for the realistic
extrapolation of present problems is the book burning of the Nazis. They
burned millions of books and the books they did not burn were written
by Nazis and they were very manipulative. Another argument is the atomic
war. After the second World War the Cold War between USA and USSR began,
both armed with atomic bombs. This was and still is a realistic fear.
In my opinion Fahrenheit 451 is a realistic extrapolation of present problems
into the future. In my point of view all people have got a TV and internet
at home in our society.
The media are very important. A lot of people are manipulated by the media.
They are very superficial. Bradbury shows this aspect in his novel Fahrenheit
451. A lot of youth watch movies all the time and do not read books. They
lose their identity in cyperworlds.In our society a lot of people take
drugs and many persons live in poverty.The police and the system control
the people by cameras and spying. Your personal data are not safe. Advertising
is everywhere around us and manipulates the people.
Advertising shows the reality which you should live. (Tillak)
The book Fahrenheit 451 is a realistic extrapolation of present problems
into the future. That realistic extrapolation includes the possibly bad
consequences of present problems. As far as I can see there is a high
amount of TV and other media consumption. The control of personal data
is a good point to show the realistic extrapolation of present problems
into the future. There are also alienation, isolation and a lack of love
in our population. Furthermore the pollution and destruction of nature
mean problems in the future, too. When we look closer we see the dirty
ghettos, drugs and painkillers.
One of the problems in the book are wars and manipulation. The people
there burn books, because it is against the law to read a book.
The novel is written to warn us against the possibly bad consequences
of many aspects of modern life. In my opinion it is too late to show us
the dire consequences because they already exist.
The future in Fahrenheit 451 is very interesting sciene-fiction illusion,
but not realistic. There are too many unrealistic ideas. It may be that
the people thought differently about the development of society and the
industrial revolution a few years ago.
But I can`t imagine that the people can live without emotions, love, feelings.
And that the government rules all the TV-programs and stops the freedom
of speech and controls all people in every part of their lives is a very
dire idea. I can't imagine that the people accept this crazy development
for a long time. That the firemen burn books, because the government decides
to destroy education is pure imagination in my eyes, because most people
today can write and read and books are an important part of their lives.
And in a democratic country the people are too proud of their freedom
and fight for their rights.
But on the other hand there are some very interesting points and I believe
that the consumption of too much TV can be dangerous for the mental and
physical constitution of humans.
Some people lose their social contacts and lose their lives outside TV.
It is a problem in our time. It is very realistic.
And all the negative extrapolations in this book are absolutely realistic
in some places in our world. But the importance of books in this books
is an exaggeration, because today other media are more important.
And in the future books will not be as important as they are an alternative
to other media, not more. (Hahn)