Why Is The Dystopian Society In Fahrenheit 451

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Why Dystopia
Why are dystopian novels so popular; what draws people to them? A dystopia is a society in which everything seems perfect and in place, but in reality, it is a corrupted and flawed living environment. Do people feel like they can relate to that? In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the society has high-tech/ advanced technology; this may seem like the people live cool and easy lives, but the firemen are burning books and the people struggle to be happy. Ayn Rand’s Anthem also displays a dystopia. In that society, the government wants equality among the people; while this may seem good, the people have to be the same in almost every aspect of life. In other words, members of that society are not allowed to be unique individuals, and
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Another dystopian society is portrayed in Equilibrium, which is a movie directed by Kurt Wimmer. The society was set up so that there are no emotions, feeling, or pain. This makes the people unsympathetic and allows them to do heartless things such as kill those who do feel and burn any artifacts that may cause any emotion to arise. Moreover, many people are drawn to and fascinated by dystopian stories because they reassure/ comfort the readers and are inspirational.
When people read dystopian novels, they feel better to know that they are not the only ones that have a problem or are unhappy with an aspect of society. Dystopian novels show the extreme side of certain issues, which reminds the readers that their situation is not that bad and could be worse. Therefore, people may like being comforted by reading these novels. Readers learn to appreciate what they have and realize that they should not take it for granted. In Anthem, the government attempts to control every aspect of the people’s lives. They have a bell that signals what to do and when to do it, such as sleep, wake up, and go to work. Therefore, “[the people] arose when the big bell rang in
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Dystopian novels are so fascinating because they show how powerful and influential one person can be. The inspirational dystopian stories get individuals to realize that they have the power to change whatever they are unsatisfied with. This inspirational element is present in all dystopian novels. For example, in Equilibrium, Cleric John Preston stops taking his dose and discovers how it feels to have emotions. He realizes how cruel society has become without emotions and feelings for one other. As a result, John gets in touch with the Resistance, a secret underground society that contains people who do not take the dose. He gets their advice and decides that he must get rid of the “Father”, the head leader of the society, in order to abolish the enforced doses. John Preston puts his life at risk and has to fight the highest ranking officials for his cause, which motivates him enough to defeat the “Father” and restore everyone’s emotions. Though Preston supported having no emotions in the past, he is able to identify that flaw and eliminate it for everyone. Preston shows self-confidence, the trait of a leader, by saying, “There 's nothing we can 't do” (Wimmer). In comparison, in Fahrenheit 451, Montag realizes that he was wrong in burning books to prevent people from reading them. In the process

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