Fahrenheit 451 Comparison Analysis

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In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, and in the movie, Good Night, and Good Luck, both societies were created under a false sense of justice and were affected by social conformity while being kept under control by their oppressive governments. Furthermore, both societies did not take lightly to the opinions and ideas that were not in agreement with the central focus and ideas of the society itself. This issue is important today because this has happened in our society before, which means that it may happen again, and cause havoc similar to the events that were portrayed in Fahrenheit 451. First and foremost, both societies tried to lead their people into submission by either accusing innocent people or even attacking them. This…show more content…
This was seen in Fahrenheit 451 where Montag is a young boy and votes to send the brighter student in his class to a beating, “‘Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’ did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn't it this boy you selected for beatings and torture after hours? Of course it was’” (Pg. 55). In explanation, to young Montag, this would be justice because everyone needed to be equal, so there was no need to have bright kids in his class. However, this was a false sense of justice because what Montag did was wrong, and he did it out of the belief and the social conformity that strived to make everyone equal. Likewise, in Good night, and Good Luck, McCarthy had a false sense of justice when he was carrying out his investigation; he just accused anyone who could have been a suspected communist. Correspondingly, “despite a lack of any proof of subversion, more than 2,000 government employees lost their jobs as a result of McCarthy’s investigations” (History). Consequently, due to McCarthy’s high-powered standings and his need to create “justice,” he was able to accuse anyone he wanted without any evidence. He also convicted a multitude of people as communists, which caused the victims to either lose their job or be given a prison

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