When this novel was written huge headphones were the new cool thing, and no thoughts of changing the size of them to fit in someone’s ear were around, but Bradbury predicted this revolution of headphones. In the novel the main character’s wife always wears the headphones and ignores the life around her much like people do today.
Throughout the novel Ray Bradbury describes a large TV on the wall, and it is interactive with the people watching it. 1953 is the year that this novel was written and it also is the year that the first color television came out. Most TV’s at that time didn’t have more than 5 channels yet Bradbury still saw interactive TV shows in the future. Today shows like American Idol ask the audience to vote for their favorite people, making it an interactive show.
The mechanical hound is described as a spider like robot that shoots venom at people which obviously doesn’t exist, but mechanical things with extremely scary capabilities do exist. For example we now have robots that have been created and computers that have crazy intelligence.
In the novel the wife of the main character over doses on drugs and has to get her stomach pumped by a machine described as a snake that runs down her throat. Now that is almost identical to the modern day stomach pump which did not exist when this novel was written.
Probably the most interesting futuristic idea that Bradbury had was a radio transceiver that fit in a person’s ear. We now have little cell phone type things that clip around our ears called bluetooth headsets much like Bradbury predicted. These devices allow us to talk almost secretly to another person and we still have both hands to complete other tasks. It is unbelievable how Ray Bradbury predicted such an advanced device still to this day.
Nuclear war occurs in the end of the novel and it blows up the whole city. Right now nuclear war could happen anytime and destroy the entire world. Bradbury’s way to end his book may be the same way that the world ends, and at his time nuclear technology was not advanced at all, but now missiles could be launched whenever. It is scary that Ray Bradbury predicted such a terrible thing in our world.
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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