A Dark Future Ahead

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Jason Zhou
Pre-IB English
Ms. Arnold
Feb 5th 2013

“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength”

A Dark Future Ahead
a Comparison and Contrast of 1984 and Fahrenheit 451

When discussing the topic of censorship by government in the future, one would most likely reference the two novels 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury both portray a similar dystopian theme. Both of these novels center around the same idea of a grim future ahead of society and imply the same plot of the ability to control people through censorship. They provide two similar characters who secretly rebel against a higher authority than themselves and a government who restrict the use of literature. Although many characteristics are shared between these books, several differences are found throughout the book on the how the characters reaction and the plot development.

Both of these books start with one main protagonist who secretly rebel against a higher authority. Winston from 1984 lives in a society that is governed by the Inner Party and ultimately controlled by a figure referred to as “Big Brother”. No members are allowed to speak out or defy the Inner Party. Every house or street contains a telescreen which monitors all actions of the people. If any individual opposed Big Brother’s way of opinion, that person will be arrested and vaporized by the Thought Police. Winston despises the way Big Brother operates, but is forced to keep his opinion to himself. Even though the Inner Party can monitor everything anyone does and convince you that even “2 + 2 = 5”( pg 293 ) Winston still secretly rebels against them even though he knows he has no power against them. He secretly acts as the “average joe” pretending to hate the current enemy of the party, but secretly inside his mind he loathes Big Brother. To add to the hatred, Winston writes in a diary, which is an act of rebellion against the Party, “DOWN WITH BIG...
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