Fighting Against A Dystopian Society Essay

2775 Words Aug 30th, 2014 12 Pages
Brianna Pan
Ms. Lammers
Honors English 2 Period 1
2 September 2014
Fighting Against a Dystopian Society Imagine living in a dystopian society where one has limited control over their thoughts and memories. In both novels, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and 1984 by George Orwell, the two protagonists, Guy Montag and Winston Smith, live in an oppressive, overbearing society where the government controls the citizens within in the social structure but decide to trust their instincts of rebelling. Both protagonists suffer from isolation and alienation as Winston and Montag realize that they do not share the same values as others do. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag lives in a futuristic environment where people are forced to not read books, think independently, enjoy nature, and socialize with others, but instead they are allowed to watch an extensive amount of television, although, Montag finds courage to overthrow the government by discovering the answers to his questions through learning the meaning behind books. Likewise, in 1984, Winston Smith, who lives in Oceania, decides to join the Brotherhood to overthrow the government because he believes that society is brainwashing its citizens into worshiping the face of the Party, Big Brother. This dystopian world not only requires inhabitants to have no emotion or thought, but also rewrites history, forces citizens to participate in Hate Week while watching them day and night through telescreens, creates a Newspeak dictionary, and…

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