Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games are both literary examples of a dystopian setting. A dystopian setting is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. These literary works are dystopian because the government has full control over them. Some characteristics are information, independent thought, freedom is restricted. Also, the natural world is banished and distrusted.
Imagine a world where people can’t learn, a world where knowledge is taken away and citizens could be punished if they are caught with any type of knowledge or information, such as books. In Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451, it shows how a government wants to overpower everyday citizens, even firemen, so that they are easier to control. In that world, firemen would burn people, books, and houses,and even cause fires but in the real world, firemen prevent and stop fires and save people from getting burned. This essay will be comparing the similarities and differences between modern day society and the society of Fahrenheit 451.
Opposers would say the theme of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is people are scared of change but things always change. Ray Bradbury writes, “A time to break down, and a time to build up.” This evidence is coming from Montag’s thoughts from him and the outsiders are heading towards the destroyed city to make it new. They want to change the way things are run and have literature be apart of everyday life instead of it being illegal like it was before. This theme doesn’t work for Fahrenheit 451 though because the cause of the change is people standing up for what they believe in.
Fahrenheit 451 has an astonishingly accurate future depiction of a society in which everyone is too distracted by technology, so they ignore most of the world around them. The community members are not aware of nature or other human beings, and they never take time to actually think deeply about life and ideas in general. Many high school and middle school teach this book in curriculums nationwide, because the addiction to technology and hatred of books portrayed in the book is beginning to be prevalent in our society. This book also glorifies individuality by admiring a girl who is different from everyone else. In the past, many parents have decided to challenge this book due to the violence, the religious discrimination, the foul language, and the references to drinking and smoking.
The book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury consists of primary elements involving the dual nature of humanity. In a basic categorization of the society of Fahrenheit 451, there are those who conform to the government without question, and those who do not. Those like the character Mildred (housewife of the protagonist Guy Montag) are slaves to the technology ( e.g. Seashells, parlour walls) shoved down their throats by the government, as an attempt to trick the public into thinking that they are happy when they are not. However, there are also characters such as Clarisse (17year old girl), Faber (former English professor), and Montag who question the lack of substance in society and the unspoken contract between the governors and the governed. The dual nature of this society is seen in how particular characters react to the lack of depth and meaning to their lives as a result of the conformity and censorship by the government.
Have you ever thought about how living in a dystopian society would influence your life? Well, the idea of censorship is used in the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, to make an impact on the audience. Bradbury uses certain elements of dystopia in his novel to show censorship, which significantly effects the society in the novel. For example, Bradbury uses the dystopian element that says citizens live in a dehumanized state, to show that their society believes that curiosity is unacceptable. Next, he uses the idea that in a dystopian world, information, independent thought, and freedom is restricted, to show how books are bad in their society.
In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury describes a dystopian world in which society has become hostile to knowledge and literature because it threatens to bring out the differences amongst individuals. This attitude towards literature and books has made reading an illegal activity. This change in attitude towards books provides changes not only in the society but also in the individual; the lack of emotion and the lack of individualism are prevalent throughout the text. Although the problematic effects Bradbury predicted for humanity and the self are not likely to become this extreme, with the decline in reading and mass media becoming the center of attention it is not hard to see how close our future is beginning to look like that of Fahrenheit
Emily Schugardt Mrs. Patterson 9/17/15 Fahrenheit 451 Essay In Fahrenheit 451, books are burned for the sake of censorship, as the ideas represented in books offended many people. Owning books is against the law, and if it is found that someone owns books, the firemen will come and burn them as well as the persons home, then proceed to send them to a mental institution. In the novel, minorities began the censorship movement by slowly condensing the information in books, and America’s society has problems with censorship as well, but it seems unlikely that the modern world will ever become as over-stimulated as the society in Fahrenheit 451, although America may be able to avoid this pitfall by valuing literature and the written word more, while lessening technology’s control over modern-day communities as well. To begin with, the minorities in the novel started the censorship movement out slow. “Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut to again to fill a
The societies of Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 prove to be a major obstacle in the lives of the main characters as they try to escape the strange lifestyles in order to discover new and unique knowledge. When compared to the societies of today, one can notice the significant differences primarily the restriction of free-thinking. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury describes a society where censorship is supported and in Anthem, Ayn Rand portrays a society where collectivism dominates and free will is opposed. In both novels, the author emphasizes the impact of rules, collectivism, and censorship that hinder free-thinking and affect the main characters both externally and internally.
The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and the film, WALL-E, directed by Andrew Stanton, are both very similar to considerable dilemmas in the progressing society today. Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E relate to technology isolating people and limiting face-to-face interaction in life today. They are also similar with the role of dependability on technology and more complex futuristic technology coming into play, potentially making society worse for the average person. Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E contain oppressive governments with high control that somewhat contradict the present world. If humans stay on this pathway, futuristic stories, such as Fahrenheit 451 and WALL-E, may turn to a reality.
In today’s society, we are often encouraged to read; to be social and to stop looking at our phones and computer screens 24/7. And all of this is because we don’t read enough and we act as if texting and going on Facebook is being social when we are actually just staring at a screen. This is precisely what Ray Bradbury wanted to criticize when he wrote Fahrenheit 451. He fictionalized a dystopian society where everything is a big contrast from ours: firemen burn books instead of putting out fires, the word “intellectual” is a swear word, a bad character trait; and staying with your TV “family” is considered social. In this society, we witness Guy Montag’s lifestyle shift from a fireman who burns books to a critical thinker and a rebel.
Renowned American psychologist Timothy Leary once said,“Society is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top”. The novel ,Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, depicts a society so consumed by consumer goods and entertainment that has removed their intellectual thought and emotion. The society depicted is similar to that of today’s because of the similarities in rapid technological advancements and similar behavior. Although many believe today’s generation has become advanced compared to other generations, many will argue that society is a mindless society, that became lazy and detached to world problems and switched to sports and pointless entertainment.
The lifestyle portrayed in the classic novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is most definitely an accurate representation of a modern society. It emphasizes on a lack of core values such as family, individuality, and knowledge. The author clearly incorporates this theme through dialogue and the symbolism of the McClellan family. One of the first instances of this is during a conversation between Clarisse McClellan and the protagonist, Guy Montag when he says to her “You think too many things” (9). This demonstrates the idea that people are losing the ability to form their own perceptions and beliefs.
To begin, Fahrenheit 451 is based on a futuristic war between technology and modernization as well as man and the natural world. We are referred to be in the “Age of technology” because society depends hugely in the “Science of the mechanical and industrial art.” Does Fahrenheit 451 has a powerful message for readers today because of the similarities between our world and the novel’s world. “See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.