How The Historical And / Or Social Context Has Influenced The Construction Of Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 And
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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” The historical context has a large influence on the construction of texts. Fahrenheit 451 depicts an epiphany for a politically correct firemen. He has a realisation of the ignorance and a growing distain for conformity in a claustrophobic society. Through this realisation he becomes an individual away from the intellectual obsolesce of society. In Gattaca - Vincent goes against a society where genetic engineering of humans is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class and employment opportunities. Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950’s and Gattaca directed by Andrew Niccol are both texts set in an dystopian future and constructed in such a way that the main ideas present links to the individuality of people pitting themselves against society norms to achieve happiness or enlightenment.
During the 1990’s, the time when Gattaca was being produced, there were major technological advances in genetics. The Human Genome Project started in the 1980’s had the potential for major steps forward in understanding how DNA could produce certain characteristics in Humans. It also threw up a number of moral issues relating to potential abuse of gene manipulation and discrimination against those with the wrong genes!…