Theme Of Individuality In 1984 And Fahrenheit 451

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The choice between conforming to societal standards and remaining an individual is similar to choosing between freedom and oppression. Individuality is the distinction between qualities of oneself and others, requiring independent thoughts and opinions. Conformity grasps the idea of accepting ideal behavior and notions. In two powerful dystopian novels, 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main characters struggle to rise up against the standard behavior of society. However, only one succeeds, while the other accepts to conform. Both characters are similar in their desire to rebel against the masses, and in doing so, risk their lives to alter orthodox perceptions. Winston Smith and Guy Montag are alike in their characterization, but are dissimilar in their achievements. Conformity against individuality is a major theme in both books, and the protagonists…show more content…
Montag and Winston were both heroes who blindly lead a life that was meaningless and monotonous. They each meet a woman who brings spirit into their souls to become determined on turning away from customary routines. Montag acted on this new sensation by stealing a book and reading it. This was simply the beginning of his rebellion and his individuality continued on. Winston’s act of rebellion occurred when he inscribed the words “I Hate Big Brother” (Orwell 18) into his secret diary. Winston also strove to revolt during the “Two Minute Hate”. He began shouting as an orthodox member of society, however eventually began to believe that his faith and sympathy should lie with the enemy that the hatred was directed towards. Although this act
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