Essay on A Look At The Future

1109 Words Jan 12th, 2016 5 Pages
A Look at the Future
It is impossible to know exactly what the future will hold, although many creative minds have tried to depict a possibility. One example of this is George Orwell’s 1984. The novel was written in 1949, and depicts a post war world. The government, known as “The Party”, has total control over all of the citizens, watching and monitoring everything they do. The story follows Winston, a man who attempts to fight his repressors within the rigid confines laid out for him. Ray Bradbury created a very different possibility, creating a dystopia that critiques the overdose of pleasure and censorship of knowledge that is present in today’s society. The plot follows a similar path, telling the story of Guy Montag’s rebellion against the corrupt civilization in which he lives. The society shown in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 presents a more likely course for Canada’s future than the one developed in Orwell’s 1984 because of the access to sources of enjoyment and the way in which media is censored.

A very crucial difference between the dystopic societies created in the two novels is that Fahrenheit 451 indulges citizens with an overdose of pleasure, while 1984 goes to great lengths to remove it. The world in which Winston lives in is a strictly work based culture, where people could be brainwashed into conformity by the constant work effort. Winston describes the aim of “the Party” as “something huge, terrible, and glittering… a nation of warriors and fanatics,…

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