Conformity In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 follows the story of protagonist Guy Montag, who experiences first hand both government and society’s strict conformity standards and speaks out against them as he gains knowledge. Bradbury explores his ideas around conformity, technology, censorship and similar themes that appeared post World War II through the science fiction genre. These dystopian texts explore such ideas, reflecting on past mistakes and the possible extended effects of the strict regulations placed upon individuality.
Pre-1953 saw the rise and fall of the Nazi regime over most of Europe, during the 1930’s an associated symbol with the regime included book burnings carried out by Nazi Germany. These burnings played a major role in repression
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This way Bradbury, Orwell, Niccol and many other science fiction writers/directors are able to communicate somewhat controversial or confronting ideas to society without causing distraught amongst society. 1984 criticised the government by depicting a “big brother” figure constantly surveilling the public. All individuality is lost and conformity is key, and those who act against this are punished, similar to Fahrenheit 451. Gattaca’s dystopian society relies on genetic structure to determine social class and stamina, where genetic modification and new technology advanced pre-production of the film. Niccol used the sci-fi movie genre to communicate ideas on how the effects of this new technology could be detrimental for society’s future if used incautiously, not considering possible future outcomes. Conformity exists beyond religion, political affliction and fashion and music taste, rather depend on a persons genetic structure. Children who are not genetically altered are outcasted from society so parents tend to conform under pressure to create “valid” children so they are able to become successful and live long, healthy lives. Government influence on society has led nonconformists to speak out against the over compelling force, Orwell, Niccol and Bradbury had manipulated the science fiction genre to communicate important ideas that would be otherwise confronting in other

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