Similarities Between Fahrenheit 451 And Minority Report

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A dystopia is a futuristic universe in which the illusion of a perfect society is maintained through oppressive control of the society. Two characteristics of dystopian literature in Fahrenheit 451 and Minority Report include the society being an illusion of a perfect utopian world and the protagonist beginning to question the existing social and political systems. In both stories, the society has been manufactured to appear as though it is the perfect, unflawed utopia. For example, in Fahrenheit 451, the government set up the system of firemen to burn books in order to keep the society happy and ignorant. Though many people were content with the lack of general knowledge they possessed, they were also unaware of the evils of the system. Houses were designed to be fireproof on the exterior to present an outward image of peace to the public, while firemen burned the insides to destroy books and knowledge. As a result of the society’s lack of…show more content…
Those who felt this way attempted to take their own lives, and consequently had to undergo emergency care, which involved the draining and replacement of all of their blood to repair their systems and erase their memory of the unhappiness they had felt. Likewise, in Minority Report, the government created the Precrime division in Washington D.C. to prevent murders. While this effectively stopped all murders in the area, the method brought up a major issue. Though the murders were prevented, the would-have-been murderers did not actually commit the crime, making their arrest somewhat questionable. Although the government argued that the predictions were never wrong, it still could have been a possibility that a perpetrator ultimately would have decided against committing the crime. This consequently brings up the issue that those arrested, if given the benefit of the doubt, most likely would have still committed
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