What Are The Similarities Between 1984 And Fahrenheit 451

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Dystopian society; the exact opposite of utopia. An unpleasant and dehumanizing society. In most dystopian societies, the government controls every aspect of life. In Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, both authors capture life for citizens within the dystopian society. Radbury and Orwell show how a totalitarian government’s use of information and history depict a ruined society and create the idea of “doublethink”.
Totalitarianism; a political system in which the state holds complete control and authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever possible. In both 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, a totalitarian state is put into place. In 1984, the government controls everything and everyone. The government or “big
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In Fahrenheit 451, technology takes over and because books no longer exist, the citizens cannot formulate their own thoughts and ideas. They absorb all their information through the government which limits the amount of questions. The government sells “parlours” ; they are television screens that take over an entire wall. Montag purchased three for his wife, and now when he asks “‘Will you turn the parlour off?"’, she responds with “"That 's my family"” (Radbury 65). This signifies how technology has taken over their minds. Montag already admitted he would not cry if his wife were to pass, and later his wife’s girlfriends admitted the same realization about their own husbands. Their definition of family is without any love or emotional connection, therefore the television characters are easily mistaken for her own family. Another way Radbury shows how disconnected the citizens are from the world is with the use of metaphors. In the firehouse lived a mechanical hound which can track down books and readers. Montag says: “The mechanical hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse” (Radbury 35). He also says the mechanical hound “doesn’t think what they don’t want it to think” (Radbury 35). The mechanical hound is a metaphor for his wife and all members of his society. The mechanical hound, programmed to function as if …show more content…
But they do not end the same manner. In 1984, Winston realizes that it is easier to conform than to rebel and realizes that he loves Big Brother more than he loves himself. His idea of freedom and victory was to hate “big brother”, but in the end he realizes it is easier to love, than to fight a neverending battle. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag refuses to conform, and wants to believe in something more than what the government has given him. He kills his chief and runs with any books he can carry. He runs from the city into the countryside, and meets with other non-believers. Overall, both Radbury and Orwell create a dystopian society in which the citizens have no control over their own thoughts or actions, and shows the real dangers of a totalitarian

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