Fahrenheit 451 And The Giver Comparison Essay

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The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, and the movie, The Giver, directed by Phillip Noyce, each portray the story of a community that is trying to achieve or maintain a form of utopia. Although there are many differences in the way utopia is achieved and ultimately the way it falls apart, the peace and harmony desired from the utopian world is the same. In Fahrenheit 451, firemen are the people who have the job of hunting down and burning any books found in the community. In The Giver, there is no war, no crime, and no hunger; every person has a job and a purpose that is determined by the leaders to be the most suited for them. This essay makes a critical comparison between the book, Fahrenheit 451, and the movie, The Giver. …show more content…
Fahrenheit 451 portrays a dystopian society which attempts to become a utopian one. This is challenging as some of the people in the community still question the rules of their society; some even continue to hide and keep books in their homes illegally. The main idea in this novel is that no one is supposed to read books as it makes people start developing opinions. Those who are found with books in their homes, are arrested and their homes are burned down. This is an example of censorship. The government banned books to protect people from learning new things as it would make them more curious and emotional. Firemen were used as a control measure. This is ironic because firemen are responsible for starting fires rather than putting them out. Burning houses is a form of control, and firemen would burn these homes at night. The fires that burst into the air became a show for the rest of the neighborhood. Many people would come out of their homes to watch the amazing colours and they are brainwashed to think that the flames are beautiful, while in reality the flames are destroying a home and a life. The society has been conditioned to …show more content…
She watches too much television and overdoses on sleeping pills. He tries to think of how he would feel if she died. He ends up saying that he would not weep because they are not truly connected. The thought of his disconnect with his wife and remembering her lack of emotion when their neighbour died, brings him to tears. Montag realises that books are not just meaningless words on paper, but a story. He equates this to the lives of people, captured in a form that can be held, shared and remembered. Comparing this to the programming on television makes him question how meaningful and purposeful books could be; he begins to wonder how truthful his knowledge is about the world. In The Giver, Jonas concludes that having the right to decide is what makes us human. He learns that making choices are difficult, and sometimes the choices we make cause things to be even more difficult than it would have been otherwise. Having the ability to choose gives people freedom. The freedom to fall, the freedom to persevere, succeed, and feel emotions. Danger causes Jonas to question the choice he has made, but he does not regret having made it. In his community, emotions are contained in a whirlpool just spinning in circles, so people cannot comprehend anything of substance. Jonas feels that the essence of life is missing in the society he lives in

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