Montag Encounters the “Hound”

The book “Farenheit 451” introduces readers to a dystopian society in which building connections and relationships are discouraged because function is more important. Ray Bradburry described Montag as a fireman that is intrigued by the Hound, which was a replacement of a real life hound. He is “fascinated as always with the dead beast, the living beast.” and it is contradicting to find something dead but yet it has all the components needed to live. This oxymoron introduces readers to the future with all the possibilities and technologies that enable a device like the Hound to be manufactured. The Hound was created not to feel or build relationships like a normal dog but it was created just to do its job. “It doesn’t like or dislikes. It just ‘functions.’ It’s like a lesson in ballistics… It targets itself, homes itself and cuts off. It’s only copper wire, storage batteries and electricity” said captain Beatty when describing the Hound. Bradburry’s use of simile describing the Hound indicates that the society prefers mechanical things that function without having emotions or fear in the way. They prefer the most efficient method possible even if it means using technologies like the Hound. This is done even though the terrifying Hound can kill in cold blood. Bradburry made it clear when he vividly wrote, “Three seconds later the game was done… gripped in gentling paws while a four- inch hollow steel needle plunged down from the proboscis of the Hound to inject massive jolts of morphine or procaine.”The visual imagery here impacts the readers by instilling fear in them when they think about the Hound. It is supposed to bring shivers down their spines just like it did to Montag. All of this led the readers to discover the society in “Farenheit 451” prioritises function above relationships and emotions that hinder things from doing their work.

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