Fahrenheit 451. What Will The Future Look Like? . Clothing in the Year 2000! Kitchen of the Year 2000 Computer of the Future!. What DOES the Future Look Like? . The Future Is Now! . I. Utopia vs. Dystopia. A. Utopia 1. First example is in Plato’s Republic (300 B.C.)
Clothing in the Year 2000!
Kitchen of the Year 2000
Computer of the Future!
The Future Is Now!
1. First example is in Plato’s Republic (300 B.C.)
a. Ideal world led by “philosopher king” who sees things for as they truly are
b. No private goods, no families, militaristic government
2. Has since become a broader term for an ideal or perfect type of society.
3. The word “utopia” has two contradictory meanings, depending on translation.
a. “Good Place”
b. “No Place”
Why is this ironically appropriate?
1. Translates to “bad” or “difficult” place
2. A type of paradox – dystopias are worlds that in their efforts to become utopian become corrupt or evil
3. Dystopian literature has grown into a popular literary genre, usually science fiction or fantasy
1. On his religion, he said: “I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. ... Everything in our life should be based on love.”
D. Bibliophile: lover of books.
1. On literature: “Without libraries, what have we? We have no past and we have no future…You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
E. A type of prophet – Bradbury correctly predicted many technological and cultural changes in America decades before they happened.
1. On his ability to predict the future: “I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”
Ironically, Bradbury’s text was once censored!
B. Over-abundance of technology causes alienation and depression
1. Characters made unaware of their own unhappiness
2. Media saturation (the “parlor,” the “seashells”) numbs characters to their own feelings, ambitions, and families
How do characters reveal their unhappiness, and how does the dystopian society make them feel “better?”
For Bradbury, what does it mean to be “Happy?”
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