by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 Technology and Modernization Quotes
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"Christ is one of the ‘family’ now. I often wonder it God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He's a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshipper absolutely needs." (2.124)
Nothing is spared modernization in this novel. Bradbury instills in his reader a fear of technology as a nearly leveling force, a weapon of insipidness.
"And something more! It listens! If you put it in your ear, Montag, I can sit comfortably home, warming my frightened bones, and hear and analyse the firemen's world, find its weaknesses, without danger. I'm the Queen Bee, safe in the hive. You will be the drone, the travelling ear. Eventually, I could put out ears into all parts of the city, with various men, listening and evaluating. If the drones die, I'm still safe at home, tending my fright with a maximum of comfort and a minimum of chance." (2.218)
Though we have so far seen it only as a tool of the government, we now see that technology can be used for rebellion, too.
He took Montag quickly into the bedroom and lifted a picture frame aside, revealing a television screen the size of a postal card. "I always wanted something very small, something I could talk to, something I could blot out with the palm of my hand, if necessary, nothing that could shout me down, nothing monstrous big." (3.164)
Faber recognizes the danger of technology – its ability to take over. He trumps this danger physically, by keeping the threat literally small.