1984 vs. Fahrenheit 451

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1984 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…
In order to be a dystopia, there is normally some kind of constant surveillance within the society. 1984 has telescreens that watch them all the time. Orwell explains how technology has only made life worse for the citizens: In the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of technology, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end. (Orwell 205) The people of this society are being watch during all hours. They aren’t even allowed to have private thoughts because the Thought Police are always around and know what you are thinking. In Fahrenheit 451, there are no machines watching one’s every action, but there is many people living in the society. In fact Montag says, “There are billions of us and that’s too many” (Bradbury 16). With so many citizens, there is little room for privacy. It is also extremely hard to trust people; Montag’s own wife turned him in. Also, the Mechanical Hound is very sneaky and is always on the lookout. “The Mechanical Hound never fails. Never since its first use in tracking quarry has this incredible invention let us down” (Bradbury 133). When Montag brought out
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