Essay about 1984 and Fahrenheit 451

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Much can happen in a matter of minutes; a man can go from thinking he is happy to thinking his life is falling apart, or can change from hating someone to loving them. These experiences sound outlandish, but they happened to Guy Montag, the main character in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Winston Smith, the main character in George Orwell’s 1984. These two dystopian novels are about the characters discovering major problems in their societies, and then trying to fix them. Montag lives in a society where television controls people’s lives and books have become illegal. On the other hand Smith lives in Oceania, a territory led by a totalitarian regime. This regime is headed by Big Brother and is referred to as the Party. By examining …show more content…
By showing this horrific aspect of society, Bradbury sends his warning. Likewise, in 1984, when O’Brien, a member of the group that controls Oceania, is torturing Winston, he says, “The old civilizations claimed they were founded on love and justice. Ours is founded upon hatred… there will be no love, except the love of Big Brother,” (Orwell 267). The totalitarian government is creating a world where love will be replaced by hatred. The government wishes to rid society of love and compassion. A world in which the citizens are just robots who are loyal to the government. This dehumanization will allow the government to stay in power. By showing this vision of a nightmarish society, Orwell powerfully conveys his warning. Both authors also show the dehumanized society through the lack of individuality in society. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag is at the fire station when he thinks “Had he ever seen a fireman that didn’t have black hair, black brows, a fiery face… these men were all mirror images of himself” (Bradbury 30). He notices that every single fireman looks exactly the same. This imagery is symbolic of the society in which Montag lives in. Everybody in this society has the same ideas and feelings. There is no individuality. A characteristic of humans is their singularity. By depicting a society without this, Bradbury shows dehumanization and displays his warning. Similarly, there is little

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