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Comparing Fahrenheit 451 And Brave New World

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Comparing Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World

 

Ray Bradbury's  book, Fahrenheit 451, is a futuristic look at a man and his role in society. Bradbury utilizes the luxuries of life in America today, in addition to various occupations and technological advances, to show what life could be like if the future takes a drastic turn for the worse. He turns man's best friend, the dog, against man, changes the role of public servants and changes the value of a person. Aldous Huxley also uses the concept, of society out of control, in his science fiction novel Brave New World, WHICH deals with man in a changed society. Huxley asks his readers to look at the role of science and ...view middle of the document...

He also wonders as to the lack of books, banned because they were old and did not encourage the new culture. By visiting a reservation, home of an "uncivilized" culture of savages, he is able to see first hand something of what life and society use to be like. Afterwards he returns and attempts to incorporate some of what he saw into his work as an advertising agent. As a result FROM this contrast with the other culture, Marx discovers more about himself as well. He is able to see more clearly the things that had always set him on edge: the promiscuity AND the domination of the government and the lifelessness in which he lived. (Allen)

 

John, often referred to as "the Savage" because he was able to leave the reservation with Marx to go to London, also has a hard time adjusting to the drastic changes. The son of two members of the modern society WAS born and raised on the reservation BUT learned from his mother the values and the customs of the "civilized" world while living in a DIFFERENT culture. *Though his mother talked of the promiscuity that she had practiced before she was left on the reservation, (she was accidentally left there while on vacation, much as Marx was) WHICH SHE STILL PRACTICED, John was raised, thanks to the people around him, with the belief that these actions were wrong.* (THIS IS AN AKWARD RUN-ON SENTENCE!) Seeing his mother act in a manner that obviously reflected different values greatly affected and hurt John, especially when he returned with Marx to London. John loved his mother, but he WAS a hybrid of the two cultures AND WAS stuck in the middle. (May)

 

These concepts, human reaction to changes in their culture and questioning of these changes, are evident throughout the book. Huxley's characters either conform to society's demands for uniformity or rebel and begin a process of discovery; there are no people in the middle. Huxley makes his own views of man and society evident. He shows that those who conform to the "brave new world" become less human, but those who actively question the new values of society DISCOVER THE truth about society, themselves, and people in general. An example of this is Huxley's views of drugs as an escape. The conforming members of society used widely a drug called soma, which induces hallucinations and escapes from the conscious world for two to eight hour periods. Those very few who did NOT, John included, did not because they thought the drug either unclean or an easy escape, one not needed in a society aiming at making life very simple. By refusing to "go along" in this escape from reality, John is ultimately able to break from society and define his own destiny.

 

Guy Montag is able to see through the government and the official policies of his society. He does so by gradually beginning to question aspect of society, which most PEOPLE simply accept as fact. Montag's job as a fireman serves as a setting to show how people passively accept the absurdity of...

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