451 – Genre Breakdown
Genre is the category a piece of literature or art fits into based on the characteristics. Characteristics could be the style, form or subject matter of the content. Fiction and non-fiction stories can fall into one of the five main genres. The novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” written by Ray Bradbury was inspired by a dystopian world he saw society changing into in the future. The story fits into the genre of fiction as it portrays a real world however, the story does not contain true events. A subgenre is a subcategory within a particular genre. “Fahrenheit 451,” fits into the subgenre of science fiction as it deals with futuristic concepts and a transformed society. The novel can be applied to science fiction because the story was set in a dystopian world where war was continually fought, and fires constantly burned houses and books. Advanced technology was a main part of the novel as it showed how far society could be developed. People were very reliant on technology and lived their days oblivious to issues around their world and in their community. For example, the parlour walls consume Mildred’s days and mind as she thought as the characters as family, caring about them more than her husband, Montag. Society was easily manipulated in the novel which showed how Bradbury saw technology and systems holding more power in the future. Propaganda and constant advertisement were relentless and eliminated people to form personal thoughts and opinions. “Fahrenheit 451,” addressed the many issues, such as banned and censored books. The story showed why society should be careful about which books and content are banned.
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