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.
Controlling anything or anyone other than ourselves can be very difficult. Trying to control the whole world is unquestionably almost impossible. However, in the books Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Book by M. Clifford, the mission impossible was becoming possible. Beatty, the cold-hearted antagonist in Fahrenheit 451 and the Publishing House Officials in The Book have grasped their hands on the world and taken over people’s minds to think like theirs. The two characters control books.
The government leaders were sure to destroy all books, which could possibly be propaganda, which might contradict their propaganda. Furthermore, this resulted in it being more difficult for any individuals to truly think for themselves. They were taught to only believe what the government says. The government in the novel used conformity as one of the main forms of control. This caused fear in those who were not conformed, and resulted in more individuals conforming.
Among these thinkers were Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury. One of the most important themes Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 share is the conflict between conformity and individuality. In both novels, there are societies with strict norms that the majority of the people conform to. People who desire to step out of said norms are ridiculed or outcast at best, and seen as threats at worst. This essay will analyze how the two authors employ similar sets of characters to explore this conflict between conformity and individuality: main characters who question—and defy—the system in place,
Peer pressure is a very disturbing thing in our culture today. In the book ScrewTape Letters, ScrewTape informs Wormwood about peer pressure. Of how this pressure can lead one astray for going into the wrong crowd. People change people. It is easier to pull someone off a chair than to pull someone up onto the chair.
Secondly, the mood in the written version was pretty scary and frightening. But due to it being a text it causes us the readers to have to sort of interpret what is going on while reading the text. While the text can be describing the mood in a creepy way, the way we read and visualize things may be the total opposite as the text and it isn’t as powerful as us physically seeing the characters being harmed in a film and us the readers and authors being on the same page. For example the text stated “With each dive, with each attack, they became bolder. And they had no thought for themselves.
Censorship can affect everyone in the world in many different ways. In the case of the book “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, it has a negative effect on the city. The government banishing the books from society is taking away the power of knowledge from the people. Knowledge is a way of power and with that, the more knowledge one has the more power they will have. This is also the case in slavery in the U.S in the 18th century.
Dystopian societies found in literature typically express human tendency to have a fear of the future consequently the fear of the unknown. Over the years dystopian writers have written stories about world governments becoming power hungry and creating conformist societies that take away the liberties of being a freethinking human. In post apocalyptic worlds the human race tends to lose it’s belief in humanity, in creativity, and in freedom. Dystopian societies are depicted as environments filled with conformity, hierarchy, and incentives. The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games and Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World are prime examples of dystopian societies dominated by capitalist exploitation.
Power has always been desired in one form or another, whether it may be wealth, military power, or control over others. The possession of power concentrated upon one individual or group can effectively lead people by representing them as a whole. But when this power is forcibly obtained and applied against the good of the people, it inevitably results in the gradual and thorough destruction of society. This is shown in Shakespeare's play Macbeth and Orwell’s novel 1984 where Macbeth and the innerparty manipulate society , differentiating in the aspects of how power is achieved, maintained, and aimed. Power is not naturally present in everyone, nor is power readily accepted by those who are going to be affected by it.
Many societies have projected an image that may not hold true to the reality. Due to the stigma around the common traits of the house Slytherins are often portrayed as inherently evil. The Wizarding World’s misconception about this house has led to a strong bias against those who find their home in the ‘dark’ house. The different societies and their unrealistic visions exist in books, like Harry Potter, movies, and other forms of entertainment. Two books that give examples of this are The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin explore the explicit and implicit viewpoints that people, cultures, or societies will project an image that differs from their realities.