Analysis Of Nineteen Eighty Four By George Orwell And Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are two well acclaimed novels (Goodreads) displaying the theme of censorship in literature. Both are dystopian novels written in the postmodern era (Oxford), thus portray many themes from World War II such as nuclear war, war poverty,, and totalitarianism. They follow the journeys of the protagonists as they realize the corruption of the society they live in, and attempt to resolve it. Although both protagonists arrive at different conclusions, it is clear the plots contain many parallels. This will be shown through comparisons between the plots, the societies they live in. the ideologies of the governments, and the themes of blindness and isolation. In Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist, Guy Montag , a firefighter whose duty is to incinerate illicit literature and the homes of those who read them, transforms from an average citizen in a totalitarian nation into a revolutionary. His social niche is the censorship of history and suppression of intellect through the destruction of books to promote ignorance among the population. Oblivious to the truth about his profession, he finds it “a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1), and lives an ordinary life in a society barren from individuality, creativity, and curiosity, until he meets a unique girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse changes his perspective on the world and challenges Montag to think deeply, stating, “You laugh when I haven 't been funny and you…

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