For my global issues novel study I am reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a thrilling fictional novel about a society where possessing books in punishable by death and firemen start fires instead of putting them out. The main global issue being discussed is government censorship/government control. The question I have today is what role does consumerism play in this fictional universe? Through indirect evidence shown throughout the novel, I have come to the conclusion that the characters are living in a communist/dictatorship-like society (except we do not know who is making all the decisions). Through this observation I know that the government provides many services and that the government is very involved in the well-being of individuals. When Mildred attempts suicide, Montag takes her to the hospital where she is given treatment for free- public healthcare. I think a lot of this is meant to keep the citizens ignorant and subdued, a very effective method to maintaining control. Because of the vagueness of the information provided about the society throughout the novel (at least so far) it’s very difficult to make accurate inferences/analyses. I will add more to this post once I finish the novel and can add more accurate information!