In the book, firemen are manned with flamethrowers instead of fire extinguishers to burn books. People are brainwashed that books are dangerous and that they must be destroyed. Several book burning incidents in his lifetime had influenced Bradbury to plot the story in this way. According to Weller (2013), Bradbury wrote about the influence of Hitler’s and Stalin’s book burnings in a later introduction to Fahrenheit 451 which was published in 1966. This clearly shows that book burning was at the forefront of his mind when he wrote his novel.
One example of similarities and differences of the two societies is the Government. In both of our societies the Government controls us and instills laws to help protect our lives. Like in our modern day society we have laws about seat belts the help keep us safe. And in the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’ the Fireman Captain talks about the Government taking away books to help keep people believing in only one government to keep them safe from war. “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one.
This censorship controlled what the American public read, watched, and heard, which in turn limited the information available to the public. Ray Bradbury, an author of this era, wrote one of his most famous books, Fahrenheit 451, inspired by the new technology and government corruption in the 1950s. Through Bradbury’s use of effective character development and symbolism, he is able to illustrate the problems of government censorship and technology in his futuristic dystopia in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 is separated into three different parts that represent the changes Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books banned by the government, undergoes. Each part contains a new character that sparks this transformation the reader sees in Montag.
Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time” (Bradbury 55). He explains to Montag that censorship is the trick to a happy and ordered society. The advancement of entertainment technology aided in the censorship by distracting the population with entertainment. Montag’s view towards books is opposite to the views of Beatty, which makes Montag rethink whether or not his comrades are a positive effect on society. Additionally, Montag’s horrific experience of watching a woman die for her books, makes him wonder what books truly contain.
1984 is author George Orwell’s satirical take on the German Nazi Party, which held control of Germany from 1933 to 1945, according to History’s article “Nazi Party.” The Nazi Party “ruled Germany through totalitarian means” just as the Party ruled Oceania as a totalitarian oligarchy in 1984 (History). Both the Nazis and the Party in Oceania tried to control every aspect of their citizens’ lives. The Nazis promoted German pride and tried to force citizens to conform and relinquish their freedom with the threat of labor or death camps and through constant monitoring (History). In 1984,
“Throughout time, literature has been used as an instrument to revolt against social and political issues” This quote explains how literature has been used through out all these years and how it used violent action against an established government issues. A successful totalitarian government is when they have total control and access of the citizens and their social and personal life. Freedom is non existing if ruled under a totalitarian government. They rule through fear and only target on a specific religion and belief. The famous graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, V for Vendetta.
Through exploring this conflict, White Noise demonstrates how society is in need of a contemporary narrative that encompasses our ever changing world. DeLillo establishes that the postmodern world is full of simulacrum and thus one can not truly understand who they are. DeLillo’s protagonist Jack Gladney invents his own department of Hitler studies at the university where he works. The Chancellor of the university tells him to alter both his name and appearance in order to be taken seriously. Jack admits that he is “a false character that follows the name around” (17) and it is clear that through his false identity Jack loses sight of who he really is.
In Henderson the Rain King Henderson tells his first wife, Frances that he wants to become a doctor and she just laughs at him. In A Raisin in the Sun Walter has a business idea that he thinks will make him a lot of money but no one believes that he could or should do it. My final comparison is in Fahrenheit 451. Faber and Dahfu are alike because in Henderson the Rain King Dafu helps and talks with Henderson about the things he is struggling with. In Fahrenheit 451 Faber helps Montag with understanding why they burn books and what are in the books.
Dystopian novels such as Dave Eggers’ The Circle, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale consist a common problem that their society is run by totalitarian figures who oppress anyone that doesn’t believe in their ideals. Where the protagonists avert from being manipulated into their propaganda and arbitrary restrictions. Whereas, The Handmaid’s Tale is structured and developed into two parts, such as a sequence of events and historical context. Likewise, The Circle correlates to modern society due its contemporary lifestyle influenced by technology that supervises everyone’s motives. Which all corresponds to George Orwell’s 1984 totalitarian society where privacy is theft and the tyrannical association supervises and manipulates the public.
After World War 1 had ended, the world leaders spoke seriously to prevent upcoming future wars but since Hitler had come to power, Hitler violated the treaty of Versailles and began to make his army. Hitler reoccupied the Rhineland and militarized it with the army. He created a lot of many new tactics and military strategies that stunned the European nations before World War II. One of the military tactics he used was Blitzkrieg which was also known as the "Lightning war" but before that Hitler had to test it on a nation. Hitler stunned Europe with the speed and efficiency of the German attack on Poland.
Fahrenheit 451 a novel written in 1953 by ray bradbury talks about a future american society. In the book bradburry shows us how technology can affect society and humanity. The main character in the novel montag,is a fireman that lives in a world where books have been banned. In bradbury 's society Books were banned and burned if found, the books weren 't just banned, but perhaps even worse. They were essentially forgotten, deemed irrelevant and unimportant Are books newspapers and magazines being forgotten in our society?
Gatlin Farrington 12/1 P.4 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is an excellent utopian/dystopian fictional story about a man who fights for the freedom to read. The government in this world has made almost every book (with a few exceptions) illegal. They have done this due to the contradictory ideas found in them. It was thought that all of the contradictions might confuse citizens on what is the truth and what isn’t. This book, along with being a utopian fiction, follows the Hero’s Journey archetype.
The Candor of An Authoritarian Government Controlled Utopia Government control affects lives daily, some more than others. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut are both satirical writings that take place in the future all over the world. In both writings, the government have completely disenfranchised citizens in attempt to create an utopia. Aldous Huxley’s satirical novel Brave New World and Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical short story “Harrison Bergeron” both depict the disenfranchisement and ultimate disabling of citizens by the government in effort to create an “Utopia”. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and “Gaza Rebuilding Awaits Palestinian Government Control” an article by Daily Sabah, foreshadowing is used to predict the possible effects on citizens and outcomes of certain acts of governmental control.
In 1984 it is a book that takes place after a nuclear warfare and the totalitarian government has taken over. Since the book came out in 1949 it can be strongly related to the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan during World War Two, “Certain backward areas have advanced, and various devices, always in some way connected with warfare and police espionage, have been developed, and the ravages of the atomic war of the nineteen-fifties have never been fully repaired.”(1984 189). This interpretation of what the world could be like if a nuclear warfare were to happen, connects strongly with the nuclear arms race the world broke out into after World War Two. This arms race which in away was just two political ideologies of countries trying to compete with one another to see who had more power of the world itself. These viewpoints were spreading all across the world and tension between Communist countries like the USSR and Democratic countries like the United States began to rise increasingly.
Dystopian societies create a way of life that no one would ever want to be a part of. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s 1984, the two dystopian worlds are decrypted. The populations prove to have the same mission, and that is to diminish all individual thought. Both novels accomplish this goal in different ways, but along the way we discover that nothing is ever perfect, not even the human mind. In Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the control of knowledge is what runs through the veins of the government, burning books is the chosen method to eliminate the past and control the future.