Human vegetables, all controlled by the eights of their technology, all unaware of the real problems around them; a dystopian society. Farhenheit 451 and The Island, two stories that share this wretched theme. But both stories each have a character that questions it all. They both go against what others say. They followed what their hearts had to say, and thought for themselves. With no literature for Guy Montag in Farhenheit 451 and the longing for freedom for Lincoln 6-Eco in The Island, both show oppressive social control and futuristic technollogy, but also show potential problems and similarities that our society could bring itself into in the future.
First of all, both of these important stories withhold a society os oppressive social control. In Farhenheit 451, Beatty, the fire cheif, explains to Guy, "People want to be happy...Well, aren't they?...Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for isn't it? For pleasure, for titillation?"(59) Beatty knows that their people are controlled by what the advertisrments tell them. No one can have their own lives, they live in a society that doensn't let them think. Likewise, in The Island, the growing clones are taught the fake wants and sense of security, with the creator speaking to them uncontrollably, "You're special. You have a very special purpose in life. You've been cosen. The Island awaits you." Everyone is thoughtless clones, they can be nothing but happy in their society. If they fall out of line with their emotions, or want to have a different purpose in life, they are faced with major consicuences. The grand theme that makes a well stationed dystopian society is control.
An important factor for having a pleasent and well-controlled society is futuristic technology. Better technology means more safer control. "And in her ears the little seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electric ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk...
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