Social Critism Presented throughout Fantasy in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing

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Fantasy is the process of imagining things that are impossible or improbable in literature. Fantasy if often used in correspondence to social criticism, which deals with the exposure of problems, issues and conditions in a society with a flawed social structure, where criticism usually addresses cultural, economic and political issues in a society. This paper will analyze two fiction based novels and the social criticism present throughout this genre of fantasy. With regards to social criticism, this paper will compare and contrast Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing by analyzing how criticism is displayed according to the issues present in the novels, how violence or madness is portrayed and lastly, the pastoral utopian concept of a better place. Firstly, novels that address and portray social criticism often do it in a manner that warns readers about the probable future by portraying possible events that may occur in our own communities if we continue to ignore the negative aspects that are present and shaped within society today. It is frequently due to the fact that we are vaguely distracted by small things such as cellphones, iPad’s and other electronic devices that are commonly used, and it is exactly for this reason that we tend to forget what are truly of value and of importance. This technologically advanced society is present in both novels but more so in Fahrenheit 351 than in The Memoirs of a Survivor. Furthermore,

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