Fahrenheit 451 symbolism

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Ray Bradbury’s satire, Fahrenheit 451, is a novel full of symbols criticizing the modern world. Among those symbols appears The Hound. The Hound’s actions and even its shape are reflections of the society Bradbury has predicted to come. Montag’s world continues on without thought; without any real reason. There is no learning, no growth, and no purpose. “The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently …

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…the ‘disturbing’ outside world was cut off as to protect the citizens from having to worry. The people were oblivious to the war raging outside, and the bomb that eventually killed them. The society lived in blind happiness. Paralleling this society is The Hound. When it attacks its victim, it injects lethal doses of morphine, causing the person to experience drowsiness and fall into a deep relaxing sleep, unaware that they will never wake up.