Similarities Between 1984 And Fahrenheit 451

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The book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury and 1984, by George Orwell both use censorship as a main theme. Within both societies, there are wrongdoers just like every society and that is why there are governments and people set in place to punish the them. The amount of wrongdoers in a society depends on how strict you make the society. People such as Montag from Fahrenheit 451 and Winston from 1984 were going against the beliefs of society. That is where O’Brien and Beatty step in to help Montag and Winston remember what the beliefs of society are and show them how to follow those beliefs. Beatty was an influential character in Fahrenheit 451 and wanted Montag to understand that what he did was wrong rather than just punishing him; similarly, …show more content…

O’Brien and Beatty are both trying to mold Winston and Montag into the ideal citizens of their societies. O’Brien first tries talking to Winston and tries to get Winston to understand reality. O’Brien said, “But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else…Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston” (Orwell, 249). When O’Brien couldn’t change Winston’s mind about reality he used a machine that sent shock waves throughout Winston’s body and caused Winston pain until he finally gave into the party. Beatty tries to change Montag talking to him at first. It was similar to what O’Brien did with Winston. Beatty said to Montag, “One last thing…At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch…A natural error. Curiosity alone…We don't get over anxious or mad. We let the fireman keep the book twenty four hours. If he hasn't burned it by then, we simply come and burn it for him” (Bradbury, 59). Beatty knows that Montag is hiding a book and Beatty is very understanding, but at the same time is reminding Montag what the societal beliefs are and that Montag needs to follow those beliefs. Both O’Brien and Beatty …show more content…

When looking back upon the key Beatty speech and the key O’Brien speech that I chose to compare in my essay neither Beatty doesn’t really persuade Montag with Propaganda and O’Brien doesn't really persuade Winston with propaganda. According to dictionary.com, propaganda is defined as “information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.” (dictionary.com). The dictionary definition of propaganda was similar to what our idea of propaganda was in Propaganda Studies. Propaganda is a way to spread information such as posters, essays, speeches, books, etc; all of these strategies are ways of persuading people willingly by using good technique. Neither O’Brien or Beatty persuaded Winston or Montag willingly to make them understand the societal beliefs. Looking back in the essay to see how O’Brien had Winston understand the parties beliefs, it doesn't match up with what propaganda is. O’Brien inflicted a severe amount of pain on Winston, until Winston finally gave into the parties beliefs because he could no longer take the pain. I also don't believe that Beatty understands what propaganda is. Looking back on the key Beatty speech that I chose, we can see that Beatty forced Montag to burn his books rather than changing Montag’s mind with the use of

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