The author is keen on presenting his ideas in a way that can beinterpreted without losing meaning in the real world. One of themajor themes in the book is technology. The author demonstrates howhuman beings, in the dystopian society, become over-reliant ontechnology to a level that even most of the basic undertakings aredriven by technological innovations. At the same time, throughtechnology, books have been outdated and the human beings bow dependson machines to do tasks. When it comes to entertainment, the peoplesorely rely on television, which the author describes to have become“the companion” of many in the future time.
The 24th century, the period, which the book is set, isvery different from the previous centuries. Whilst people have movedaway from the conventional ways of living, they have invested inintegrating their lives with television. Most of their living roomwalls are covered by huge television sets which keep feeding themwith news and entertainment. The televisions are so advanced that thepeople can communicate one-on-one through them. Mobile communication,which is another major development occasioned by the advancement oftechnology, is the primary means of communication for people atdistance. This makes the people have earing aids plugged into theirears throughout the day.
Beyondcommunication and entertainment, other tasks such as security andhomecare have been revolutionized by technology. For instance, theauthor describes the mechanical hounds that are used to providesecurity at the people’s homes and the fire stations. Thismechanical hound comes unto scene in the part “the sieve and thesand”, when Mildred confuses it for a normal dog. The dog in usedto spy on the people and provide information to the authorities. Themechanical dog also appears in the part “burning bright”, when itis reported on Faber’s television that it has been released (249).
Loadsof other day-to-day activities are controlled by technology. In thedystopian society, people travel in cars at very high speeds. Whilethe government authorities make most of the inventions, individualsare able to come up with their own to suit their needs. For instance,when Montag needs to communicate with Faber, the university professorinvents a radio plug through which they keep in contact. Towards theend of the book, just before the remaining lot of humanityrediscovers themselves, technology is used to destroy the city. Theatomic bombs that are detonated in the city are inventions oftechnology (Bradbury 180). After the destruction, Montag and hisentourage set upon a journey to restore humanity with little helpfrom technology, and most from experiences and books.
Itis clear that the author uses this theme to communicate the negativeeffect of technology on human beings. Unlike the books, which were infact banned because of their truthful and enlightening content,technology led to the destruction of the human race. It did this in anumber of way. For instance, it killed the inventive and freethinkingnature of humans, as Beaty describes to Montag, “Once booksappealed to people, here, there, everywhere. They could afford to bedifferent” (51). Additionally, it eroded the moral fabric of thesociety, as people in such a society cannot trust the authoritieswith power. The theme of technology enriches the content of thestory, and makes it easy for readers to understand the author’smotives.
Bradbury,Ray. “”. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster,2012. Print.