Show More1984 vs. Fahrenheit 451 “Do you begin to see, then what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias…” (Orwell 267). 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are both dystopias, although in each society, the government tells the citizens that it is a utopia. A dystopia is, “An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression or terror” (“dystopia”). On the other hand, a utopia is described as, “An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects” (“utopia”). There are many similarities between the society in 1984 and the society in Fahrenheit 451, as well as many differences. The most obvious characteristics of a…show more content…
The citizens in Fahrenheit 451 aren’t allowed to think for themselves either. Beatty says to Montag, “If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none” (Bradbury 61). Beatty is saying to just make all the decisions for the people that way everyone will be happy because they don’t know how much better life could be. The society has all of the decisions made for them by the government. Another major characteristic of dystopias is that an object or concept is worshiped (Wright). Big Brother is the leader of the Party in 1984’s society, and in order to remain alive and sane one must respect and love him at all costs. O’Brian tells Winston, “The time has come for you to love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him; you must love him” (Orwell 282). Everyone is capable of obeying someone, but it is much harder to love someone. In order to get Winston to love Big Brother, he is tormented with his worst fear just so that he can love an inanimate object. Fahrenheit 451 has the same concept. The people need the government. Faber tells Montag about the legend of Hercules and Antaeus. He says, “If there isn’t something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane” (Bradbury 83). Faber was correct; there was something in that legend for the society. Without the government
Fahrenheit 451 And Antigone Comparison Essay
Would you go against a law or rule to do what's- in your opinion- is morally right, even if it meant your life? Guy Montag and Antigone believed that their own personal morals were more important than any law or decree. Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451 went against the government by trying to get books back into circulation because he believed that books were not a bad thing. Antigone went against Creon's decree which explained that Polyneices- Antigone's brother- was not to be buried with a formal burial. Even though these two characters are from totally different time periods, they have the same idea in mind.
Guy Montag- the main character Fahrenheit 451 keeps books and reads them even though he knows it is against the law. His thinking is that society should not be the same, which the government is trying to establish, they should embrace their own differences and uniqueness. According to the government, if you get people from reading books, they don't create questions or get smarter than others. These two things cause people to be unhappy with them. Montag doesn't believe in this law, so he's going to do what's right, according to him.
Antigone lost two brothers who killed each other, one was given a full military burial and the other was to rot in the sun. Creon's decree was that no one was to give Polyneices- the brother who is to rot in the sun- a burial. Antigone believed that this was an unjust law, so she secretly went out and gave her dead brother a...
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