Fahrenheit 451 in our world.

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Fahrenheit 451 in our world. by Mind Map: Fahrenheit 451 in our world.

1. Themes

1.1. Censorship

1.1.1. Books are banned in F451 and they are burned with the owners. Critical thinking is seen as a threat to equality Day by day, millions of people are censored and violated. Some countries have laws that prohibit "unmoral, inappropriate or rebel" texts, they are afraid that their population stands out and starts acting against them

1.2. Happiness vs. Distraction

1.2.1. The idea of true happiness linked to engaging with difficult and uncomfortable thoughts and experiences F451 society is constantly immersed in entertainment and distraction that requires no thought or mental effort How many hours a day are we on social media? We don't do much besides social media and entertainment. Psychologically speaking we altered the natural human brain development when we give phones or tablets to kids. We only like pleasure, wining and success, we are intolerant and inpatient

1.3. Mass Media

1.3.1. Interferes with the ability to think and experience Mass media interferes in our self-stem, perception of the world and people. We consume lots of advertising that sell us toxic thoughts. Mass media has changed our identities and perception, from a very young age we watch T.V and we believe that what's on T.V is real and the ideal form of living. We even curse our lives because it is not as the tv show, or we feel incomplete because we don't have Hollywood lives

1.4. Conformity vs. Individuality

1.4.1. In F451 most people conform to the society, thinking and self-expression are considered a danger to society. Individualism is a crime

1.5. Action vs. Inaction

1.5.1. The idea stand out when society falters vs let the world happen In F451, some characters choose to act while others "let it happened" We have lost our individualism and empathy, we don't help each other in fact we see our neighbor as an enemy; we have lost out tact or sensibility. Because of this we don't care when society falters or we don't do anything


2.1. "He was not happy [...] He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back."

2.1.1. Many adults face this issue: unhappiness and outward appearances. The youth have the same problem in social media, they pretend to be someone they aren't for social acceptance. People are not happy the way they are And it is sad because we still have stigma about mental health and professional help, we have some ideas that psychologist are for "insane people" Like Clarisse that was sent to the psychiatrist because she was "unadapted", that was a prejudice we still have. Mental health is not a joke and it is as important as psychical health

2.2. "Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord."

2.2.1. Now a days who reads besides our granpas and teachers? Some students who were taught since kids and found it passionate, and maybe the ones who did it for mode/fashion

2.3. "And at the museums, have you ever been? All abstract. That's all there is now. My uncle says it was different once. A long time back sometimes pictures said things or even showed people."

2.3.1. Normally people don't go to museums unless they know about art and like it. Or they just go to take pictures. Typically adults and elderly frequent this places

2.4. "People don't talk about anything. [...] They all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else."

2.4.1. I see bunch of boys and girls trying to fit a special model or role. We are losing individuality. No one really talks, they just chat, which is not the same. When you talk you involve critical thinking and emotions, you have to connect with the other person to have a rich conversation. Now a days those topics (the ones that involve more thinking) are avoided and seen as boring. I know there's people who still talk about it, but its weird

2.5. "'Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?' 'You sound so very old.' 'Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way?'"

2.5.1. USA has a severe problem with mass shooting, especially among students, and it is very crazy how this connects very well with the book

2.6. "The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. Uncle had a mixed record; antisocial. The girl? She was a time bomb. The family had been feeding her subconscious"

2.6.1. In today's world that can be interpreted in various ways,

2.7. "She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarrassing. You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it. The poor girl's better off dead."

2.7.1. The great minds of our world are sadly muted, or even disappeared. We still have an issue with censorship and knowledge. Knowledge can be used for hurting and that is when it's a threat.

2.8. "Nobody listens any more. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me. I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read."

2.8.1. Today, we communicate via internet, we have lost the one to one connection. People want everything so fast and they do not enjoy reading, they aren't patient

3. Characters

3.1. Montag

3.1.1. He was an unhappy fireman. When his friend Clarisse disappeared he decided he needed to do something to change his society He went from a conformist to an individual, from a normal fireman to a thinker and a romantic. In the end he became a leader

3.2. Clarisse

3.2.1. She could be a representation of Montag's inner child, the child that is curious and happy, the one that is always searching and experimenting. She was the straw that broke the camels back, she started to ask Montag difficult questions and made him realize that he needed a change. Clarisse was "antisocial" because she didn't confort to society

3.3. Faber

3.3.1. He is a coward, he is too afraid to act and feels guilty because he could have spoken out. He became conformist because of fear but in his heart he know the society needs a change and that´s why he decided to help Montag. He could be Montag's conscience "Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the `guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. And when finally they set the structure to burn the books, using the, firemen, I grunted a few times and subsided, for there were no others grunting or yelling with me, by then. Now, it's too late."

3.4. Mildred

3.4.1. She is the perfect representation of society: conformist and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, superficially happy but really lonely and unstable inside. She had to take pills to get distracted and forget she was depressed and tried to commit suicide. She has no ambitions or dreams beyond watching television and listening to her ‛Seashell’ family She was not happy with her three walls, she needed more and more, and she went crazy without them We have a lot of Mildreds in our society, we have conformist and some other individuals, we confort to norms and some countries are forced to obey, so they are oppressed

3.5. Beatty

3.5.1. He is Montag's antagonist, in simple words he and The Hound are the villains, they represented oppression and censorship. From the beginning Beatty knew that Montag was going to qui. He is half literate, he knows about books and their content and use all his knowledge as a weapon, because of this he seems invincible to Montag. Beatty is the first that warned Montag about how books supposedly made you unhappy Clarisse was a natural thinker, she realized from a very young age that society was wrong, she enjoyed walking, looking at the clouds, and just be her by herself. She seeks for knowledge and true happiness

3.6. Granger

3.6.1. He is the intellectuals or literates' leader that Montag meets when he escapes from the city. He doesn't like society's ignorance and waits for the right time to teach knowledge. He explains to Montag that there has always been dark and light times in society. He is patient and shows that real knowledge can be storage in our minds He plans to rebuild society with his friends and lost human"books" around the country

4. E.Q

4.1. How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?

4.1.1. We believe that everything that we see is real, it can affect how you treat others and how you treat your self. In these days, teenagers have it hard because the media has a significant influence over their looks, thoughts, dislikes and likes, and what is socially acceptable

4.2. How are our identities and relationships impacted by new technologies?

4.2.1. We prefer technologies over people and that makes us lose our sensibility and empathy In the book, people weren't emphatic, and that is shown when Montag (or fake Montag) is persecuted and everyone was enjoying "the show"

4.3. How important is individuality?

4.3.1. Individuality makes us diverse without it the world would be pretty boring and plain. It also helps to motivate us, because we know we can complement each other and have a larger impact in our world Without individuality people lose their sense of uniqueness and identity

4.4. Where does our sense of identity come from?

4.4.1. It is pretty much a social, personal and family construct, over the years you take parts and beliefs from those elements. It changes all around the world depending your background. The more you have, the more you complement your identity

4.5. What is true happiness? Does knowledge contribute to it or inhibit it?

4.5.1. This is subjective, happiness has a subjective meaning and we can all disagree with each others definitions. It depends on you if you think knowledge contribute to it or inhibit it. In this social media and appearance it seems to inhibit it.

5. Images

5.1. This image represent our addiction to phones, like in F451 they were addicted to their walls

5.2. Now a days people don't speak or listen to each other an we do the same

5.2.1. This reminds me of Montag when we visits Faber and tries to understand The Bible while riding the subway. He describes that everyone was listening to their sea-shells.

5.3. We use cellphones even when we are in the same room

5.3.1. What distinguish us from other species is the ability to talk and think critically, but what happens now is that we barely talk.

5.4. These are our distraction pills, like Mildred's

5.4.1. Our suicidal rates have increased among youth, this is concerning, what are our children learning? What is the message that they get to be so unhappy with their lives?

5.5. This reminds me of Montag when he said he had a mask and Clarisse took it off

5.5.1. We all have disguised our emotions because of fear or shame. We live in a society that puts aside emotions and only show the admirable ones, the ideal life

6. Big ideas

6.1. We live in the TECH era, now a days the first and last thing we look at when we wake up and go to bed is our phones

6.2. Teenagers can experience anxiety without their phones

6.3. Today the passion for books and reading live in our elderly and few youth

6.4. People stopped reading; in some countries certain types of books are censored and banned. People seek pleasure and focus on material things

6.5. People stopped talking face to face, the most common way to communicate is through a device, even when they are in the same room.

6.6. People that don't comfort with society are seen as antisocial

6.7. Technologies interfere with our critical thinking

6.8. We are bombarded with stereotypes and toxic standards through T.V., social media, advertising