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“You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption.” (Chomsky). This quote by Noam Chomsky is conveying that a government can not control a society by force, but by distraction. Often in Dystopian novels, mankind does not seem to realize that a leader or government is controlling the way everyone acts, says, or does. Usually, there are few people who realize this and try to break free and find a better life. In the two works by Ray Bradbury, the novel Fahrenheit 451 and the short story The Veldt, he conveys that mankind will often only get distracted by what is being exposed to them and they are not being forced to believe a certain way.  To begin, in the novel Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury, explicitly emphasizes that humans will be kept busy and entertained by astonishing technology. Although it may keep someone amused, technology can not provide pure happiness or love. The novel is about a future where technology is dominant and people are blinded by their bright colored televisions. In this society, books are illegal and if one owns a book their house must be burned down. The government in this future does not want the citizens to read because they may gain knowledge and with knowledge comes power. The main protagonist, Guy Montag, lives in this environment and he has a wife named Mildred. Mildred is the perfect example of the society as she is just as lacking in intelligence and can not step away from her parlor walls. She disowns books and praises technology only because “books aren’t people” and her “‘family’ are people” (Fahrenheit 451 69). When Guy fell ill and he asked her to “turn the parlor off” she get defensive and responds “that is my family” (Fahrenheit 451 46). Mildred does not do anything and would rather listen and help her fake family rather than her actual husband. She uses the television as a form of distraction to all the real-world events, for example a newly declared war. Society uses technology to ignore real-world problems and technology will simulate a happiness but unfortunately it will not last forever. Similarly, in the short story The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, he conveys that even children who are exposed to high quality technology will follow the trend society has made and will focus on mediocre tasks instead of excellent ones. The Veldt is about a house which is customized and has technological inventions. Husband and wife, George and Linda Hadley, have two kids named Wendy and Peter. The kids have a nursery that allows them to travel to any place they please. The kids stay quiescent about traveling to Africa, but the parents find out and forbid them to travel there. When George asks the kids about Africa, Wendy bolts to the nursery and quickly changes it. She runs back to her family and lied saying that “there is no Africa in the nursery” (The Veldt 4). Wendy and Peter gave their parents three things: secrecy, disrespectfulness, and disobedience. Later in the story when Peter asks his parents if they will shut off the nursery, George explains that he is thinking about it and Peter simply responds by saying that his father “better consider it any more…” (The Veldt 6). Children should never threaten their adult figure, but Peter wanted the nursery open so much, that he threatened his father. Near the end, the children became so obsessed that when the father tries to shut the nursery off, the kids lure their parents in and trap them. Wendy and Peter “…locked the nursery door from the outside” (The Vault 8). After the parents got trapped, the lions proceeded to eat them. The children are so obsessed over technology and the nursery that they killed their parents just to have it open. Society gives a bad example to children about technology and how it can majorly benefit their lives, but in reality technology is only beneficial if mankind uses it properly. To conclude, humanity is exposed to a certain way of living life and picks up the example and ignores what is truly important. The theme Ray Bradbury is conveying throughout his literature is relevant to this day because items that distract us such as cell phones or televisions, are a big part of today and when Bradbury was writing his novels and stories they were nonexistent. Ray Bradbury is a thematic writer because, he portrayed that when humans get entertained and obsessed, they may forget their priorities and seek evil and harm. Man may forget their priorities and push them aside for distractions. Humans are given items to drive them away from finding out the truth and being intelligent.