Fahrenheit Four-Fifty-What?!

Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is about a fireman’s interest in books. Guy, the main character, is looking for answers in his own messed up society, and hopes books will give him the answers he is looking for. While it is a science fiction novel set in the future, there are still some realistic examples throughout the text that make the book still seem like a real scenario. The use of all this advanced technology, while not directly relatable, is still realistic enough that I believed it.

Mildred was a good example of this realistic character who is still grounded in the future. She uses sleeping pills in order to help her sleep, but when night when Guy comes home he finds an empty bottle of sleeping pills, when there were 30 pills in the bottle the night before. A lot of people overdose on drugs, whether prescription, over the counter, or illegal. They might not know how many drugs they have taken in a particular time span or they might feel like the amount wasn’t enough, or sometimes they just don’t care anymore. Whatever the reason was, overdosing is a serious and real thing and Mildred’s case is no different.

She is also the kind of person who wants just the perfect scenario. She is envious of TV families and she isn’t pleased with her own life. She uses the television as her escape into another world so that she can ignore all the negativities in her own life. I’d hazard a guess and say most of the American population does that too. She is very realistic in that aspect as well.


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