Montag Encounters the Hound 2

The book “Farenheit 451” introduces readers to a dystopian society in which function is more important than building connections and relationships. He is “fascinated as always with the dead beast, the living beast.” and it is contradicting to find something dead 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. This mechanical hound is a replica of man’s best friend. However, the Hound was created not to feel or build relationships like a normal dog instead, it was created just to hunt. “It’s like a lesson in ballistics… It targets itself, homes itself and cuts off.” 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 the terrifying Hound that 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 instead of the friendliness commonly associated with dogs. All of this led the readers to discover the society in “Farenheit 451” favors function above relationships and emotions that hinder things from doing their work.


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