Fahrenheit 451 Propaganda Analysis

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“The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression … It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all” said by the theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking (Phillip 1). He explains that human aggression is the reason for our inevitable self destruction. 1984 is a novel, by George Orwell, about a dystopian society that has a government similar to a dictatorship. The main character, Winston, has the potential to overcome the brainwashing of the government, but is not able to because of the torture they put him through. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel, by Ray Bradbury, that is set in a world where the government burns books as a way to limit …show more content…
The novel, Fahrenheit 451, uses propaganda to exert control over their people. The government tricks them to believe they know all and that books are unimportant and harmful to society. In 1984, the government created a fictional, but all powerful figure called “Big Brother” to scare the citizens into thinking that they are always being watched. The propaganda posters say”Big Brother is watching” which inflict fear onto the citizens. In 1984 it is written, "WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH" (Orwell 16). They use this slogan to constantly expose the citizens to false ideas made up by the inner party. The government in 1984 also uses means of torture to insure that the citizens are well aware of who is in charge. They want the people to believe whatever they say is correct no matter how wrong it is. In the essay “Politics and the English Language” the author, George Orwell describes how propaganda is now using more complex words to confuse people. Instead of trying to understand what the politician is trying to say, they just accept whatever is said (Orwell 2). Propaganda provides an easy way to harm other humans resulting in self destruction of the human race, yet terrorism also harms society as a form of

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