Compare and Contrast Essay
Humanities ⅔ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Graceling by Kristin Cashore are two dystopian stories that both have similarities and differences, like most dystopian books, in theme, setting, and character traits. A standard dystopian book theme, like in Fahrenheit 451 and Graceling, is to have nefarious plans being exploited by others who make the society dystopian. In Fahrenheit 451, the government is banning books and the firemen are burning them so that people are all brainwashed by the parlor walls. In Graceling, the nefarious mind is King Leck who can tell lies that other people believe. However, King Leck does not have to have other people carry out his corrupted plans. He can carry them out himself. Another common theme in both books are stereotypes. In Fahrenheit 451, for example, firemen, such as Montag, have a stereotype that proceeds them. “‘So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you’re just a man, after all…’ (Bradbury, 5). In Graceling, the stereotype is for Gracelings, people who have a Grace. “... she had borne a Graceling child of her own… So the boy had been sent home, and Helda had seen how the neighbors avoided and ridiculed him simply because he could move through the water like a fish. Or because he had one eye black, and the other blue” (Cashore, 58). Also, the stereotype is against women in Graceling. “How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people - girls, women - went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill” (Cashore, 398).
The setting in Fahrenheit 451 is a bland city where the houses are fireproofed. There are firehouses where firemen stay and burn books that are found. The society seems to not have a controlled climate, a typical dystopian attribute, but many people do not stop and appreciate the nature around them. “‘Bet I know something else you don’t. There’s dew on the grass in the morning.’ … ‘And if you look’ … ‘there’s a man in the moon.’ He hadn’t looked for a long time” (Bradbury, 7). Also, there are cities and rural areas. “The black land slid by and he was going into the country among the