Wiesel uses a lot of very detailed descriptions and expresses his feelings in a way that we easily start to trust him. He knows that this is one of the most terrible periods in the history and he tries “to help prevent history from repeating itself” (Wiesel VII). “He does not want his past to become [the children’s] future” and that is why he writes his book to be seen by the people who do not realize how poorly people were treated (Wiesel XV). These two quotes from Night show that the holocaust shouldn’t be repeated. The author shows this with all of the feelings, facts and descriptions he uses.
One example of similarities and differences of the two societies is the Government. In both of our societies the Government controls us and instills laws to help protect our lives. Like in our modern day society we have laws about seat belts the help keep us safe. And in the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’ the Fireman Captain talks about the Government taking away books to help keep people believing in only one government to keep them safe from war. “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one.
Bum the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag.” Fire, a dangerous tool the firemen use to control public activity, symbolizes peace to some, as it cleanses their society of what they’ve considered more dangerous than the act of destroying property and people. Montag burning Beatty to death being the most obvious example of fire being powerful within the book, yet “Fire is bright and fire is clean” (pp. 59) As Michel Foucault says, “Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.” Besides enforcing censorship through incineration, the government also enacted ways of preventing an ability to desire further knowledge.
This is first shown when Hazel states she believes she would make a good Handicapper General, George responds to her by saying she’d be “Good as anybody else,” due to the fact that nobody can be better than anybody at anything. This is especially prejudicial against politicians because they will not be able to have progressive ideas. If everyone who runs for office must wear handicaps that forces them to be the same as everybody else in the nation it forces a state of stagnation of ideas for the country. Another example of the culmination of positive change is presented during a conversation between Hazel and George. George compares competition to the dark ages by saying “If I tried to get away with it, then other people'd get away with it—and pretty soon we’d be right back to the dark ages again, with everybody competing against everybody else.
Although looking the same and having the same level of intelligence may decrease jealousy, people shouldn’t force others to change because of this. In this short story, everything has to do with equality. No one can be more intelligent, stronger, or more attractive. Handicaps are making people unequal. People in this short story isn’t equal because the most intelligent people have to suffer because of the handicaps.
The top three issues that Ray Bradbury had addressed in Fahrenheit 451 was ignorance versus knowledge, advancement of technology, and censorship. Bradbury had focused on ignorance versus knowledge because he feared that people are becoming ignorant. He was trying to draw attention to the fact that when societies do not read books they are becoming ignorant because books contain knowledge. He presents this in F451 by showing that when the firemen burn books they are depriving everyone of knowledge thinking they are promoting the society. In reality, though they are just being ignorant.
In the futuristic society Harrison lives in, the government concludes the best way towards equality is simply hiding all perfections. To counteract the society 's physical perfections the government would put masks on peoples faces to hide their beautiful complexions from the rest of society. This made normal people feel less intimidated by the pretty people in society. The solution to make the strong equal was to add weights to their body. For example, they would put buckshot vests on people and bolt the vest together so the individuals could not take them off.
The author explains, for those people who do stuff that harms other becomes cruel. There are many reasons why people behave like this, the reason might be lack of happiness, etc. The author provides examples or some evidences, when Hitler killed millions of Jews and soldiers for just to become powerful, or when Gandhi, Martin Luther king, etc were assassinated in front of their eyes for doing that no one could imagine. Those examples tells us why this world needs more educated peoples to run a group or community for a good reason. I agree with Wiesel because we see this in communist countries.
Within the first sentence, Syme makes his argument to Winston using irony. Syme states that there is a "beauty" to the "destruction of word," which is the use of verbal irony. There is beauty to destruction because with the destruction they are also creating a language. It is also ironic that as they are creating the dictionaries, they are reducing the amount of words to make an entirely new language, Newspeak. Language is always exoanding and becoming larger, but it is opposite in this society.
George Orwell’s 1984 and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies have both stirred up the critics of their times, being each of their author’s most famous novels. After reading the books I felt they shared a similar tone, however their messages seemed very different. Superficially, that would be a true statement, however after reading beyond what is presented on the pieces of paper that constitute both novels, one would realize a shocking resemblance between the two. 1984 is a pure reflection of a totalitarian dictatorship where people are brainwashed to believe the government is oh so gloriously divine, turning them into no more than followers trapped in a box of ignorance and naivety. However, Lord of the Flies focuses on how one’s innate human evil takes control in times of disorder and chaos.
Ms. Tarbell series on Standard Oil published in, “1904” would cause the government to act. “Tarbell meticulously documented the aggressive techniques Standard Oil employed to outmaneuver and, where necessary, roll over whoever got in its way. A short while later, President Theodore Roosevelt used the phrase “muckraker” (from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress) in a speech in reference to Tarbell….” (Connecticut History.org). Ms. Tarbell earned praise of President Theodore Roosevelt for exposing Standard Oil’s corrupt practices. However, according to the Connecticut Historical Society Ms. Tarbell actually hated the term “mudracker” she considered the term crude and saw herself more as an historian.
Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.” (Vonnegut 1). This quote shows they would suppress their smartest people to an average level of thinking. This society does not want someone to grow in any way and realize how bad life is. Similarly a sufficient amount of the same points can be made in Anthem, they are just accomplished differently. In Anthem “equality” is not purely shown, but is attempted.
Fahrenheit 451 and Tomorrow, when the war began in the past have been challenged because of their large amount of profanity and violence in each book and the ideas they bring with them such as the world being a technology based focused world. In Fahrenheit 451 it brings a whole different meaning to books and what they mean and how the world is evolving. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury should be banned from high schools. T.v was a big part of this society’s life one day Montag even asks his wife a question about the T.v and the love it shows “Millie does the white clown love you, love you very much, love you with all their heart and soul Millie?” The society was so wrapped up in technology and tv and anything electronic that they considered
Montag’s search for justice is him looking for knowledge that the government is trying to destroy and replace with simpler forms of entertainment such as TV. "’So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless (85).’" People have gotten so politically correct that they would rather get rid of all different ideas than learn to understand and accept them. This laziness to deal with others lead to the government to destroy the ideas of different thinkers than what is considered normal to them.
My uncle was arrested another time-did I tell you?-for being a pedestrian. Oh, we 're most peculiar." (7) What Bradbury is subtlely trying to hint at is that the government can control anybody who doesn’t have time to think or are a bit mindless in this case with boring and insipid entertainment whereas taking it slow and thinking about things is much harder to control and books can inspire that kind of thought. Another example of how the government controls people is through other forms of media, like the wall televisions and radio. Of course, there are examples of books being used as propaganda in the real world but since books are banned and don’t have a chance to be used in that way, so the wall television is used as a way of hypnotizing the public as stated, "The room was indeed empty.