Technology Quotes in Fahrenheit 451: Examples & Analysis

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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury, technology has taken over the world, but along the way, something has been lost. In this lesson, we'll look at the damage technology can cause to relationships.

All-Consuming Technology

Have you ever gotten so caught up in technology, like video games, social media, and television, that you didn't even notice the people around you? Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, is about a dystopian society that has been consumed by technology to the point that people no longer communicate with each other. Let's look at some of the technological advancements in this story.

Emergency Medical

Montag comes home from his job as a fireman to find his wife, Mildred, has overdosed on sleeping pills and is near death. He calls for emergency medical services, but do they send a doctor? Not in this dystopian society. There are way too many calls like this for medical professionals to handle them all. Instead, they send technicians with machines. Bradbury writes, 'They had two machines, really. One of them slid down into your stomach like a black cobra down an echoing well looking for all the old water and the old time gathered there. It drank up the green matter that flowed to the top in a slow boil.' In much the same way that a plumber might drain a sink, these men drain Mildred's stomach contents as she lies in her own bed at home.

The second machine is even more frightening.'The other machine was operated by an equally impersonal fellow in non-stainable reddish-brown overalls. This machine pumped all of the blood from the body and replaced it with fresh blood and serum.' Imagine having all of your blood replaced in your home by someone without medical training! This technology improves efficiency, but the lack of personal touch, which might be what led to the recent increase in attempted suicides, is palpable.

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