Fahrenheit 451 Comparative Analysis

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Chelcie Tjoeng
Mrs. Moskovitz
English II Honors/Period 4
24 October 2016
Comparative Essay
In a dystopian society, everything may seem fine and normal, but underneath all that is an unstable society that may crumble with the right spark. Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are two characters who have to face the dystopian world and the nature of humankind. Although, a quest is actually depicted in both, as the characters undertake similar journeys of self-knowledge. In Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the dystopian traits where the boys are deserted on a sterile island show that they are slowly turning into savages and plotting against one another due to the destructive society that they are in. Meanwhile,
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Like Lord of the Flies, driven by Golding’s thought of human evil, a complicated topic that involves an investigation not only of human nature but also the causes and effects of evil. It is praise to Golding’s art that his theory of evil into Lord of the Flies is as indirect as evil is in real life. “Tall, thin, and bony, red hair beneath the black cap [...] face crumpled and freckled and ugly without silliness. Out of his face stared two light blue eyes, frustrated now and turning, or ready to turn to anger” (Golding 16). Beginning with the conflict between good in the character of Ralph and evil in the character of Jack, the signs of society remain in order. However, when fear enters their minds, evil is able to begin its fine action to grave results. As their fear makes them vulnerable to Jack’s evil persuasions, giving their fear formation, the boys imagine seeing a “beast.” Books are evil in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Books only cause problems and they have no meaning or relevance. "He wanted above all, like the old joke to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house" (Bradbury 3). Bradbury demonstrates the mind of the firemen and the opinion of the government through his quote. The banning and burning of books creates a dystopian society, the society of unhappiness and sorrow. A world without books is a dystopian
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