Comparing The Novel ' Fahrenheit 451 ' Essay

883 Words May 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Both envision dystopian worlds. Both take place in the future. Both revolve around an ordinary man in his thirties with a common name who has a crucial role within his oppressive government and realizes the flaws of his society. Both men desperately seek knowledge and truth. Both men want to enlighten the ignorant members of his society. Fahrenheit 451, which tells the story of a firefighter named Guy Montag, and 1984, which tells the story of a government employee who purposefully falsifies official documents named Winston Smith, both tell a similar story: the story of an individual’s internal struggle with the defects he perceives in his own society and his attempt to overcome these perceived defects. With such similar plots, these two classic dystopian novels inevitably contain many similarities. Some of these similarities include the societies in which the novel takes place, the role of women in the development of the story, and the presence of underground networks which seek to change the status quo of the society in which the protagonist lives. The societies in 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 share many characteristics. First, both novels take place in countries with oppressive, authoritarian governments. These governments strictly censor the information their residents consume and impose mind-control on their citizens, particularly with technology. For example, the Party in 1984 utilizes “telescreens” which constantly monitor citizens and simultaneously spew propaganda,…

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