Similarities Between Harrison Bergeron And Fahrenheit 451

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The two stories, “Harrison Bergeron” and Fahrenheit 451, both have common themes. The common themes of the stories may include; our reliance on technology can spiral out of control if we let it, knowledge is joyful and painful, and that we can be confined by our own self-censorship. All of these themes are exhibited throughout both stories frequently. Whether it is as Montag has conflict with his wife over books or as Harrison’s parents forget right from wrong in their society. In Fahrenheit 451, their technology definitely gets out of control. However, this isn’t in a good way. In fact, it is in a very negative way for their society. The government puts limits and restrictions and what the people can know and learn. They do that through technology by making people want to watch television in place of reading. In fact, it takes little to nothing in order to have a job that would typically require a lot. This is due to technology. For example, on page 13 it states, “Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built.” This shows that the technology has gotten out of control by allowing simple minding people to do extreme tasks. No one cares how little they know, because it’s as simple as that; that is all that they know. In “Harrison Bergeron”, the theme is exhibited in a different way. That article states, “And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all
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