Fahrenheit 451: David vs. Montag

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If everyone in society had the same beliefs, academic standards, and life styles, would the human race be at peace? Fahrenheit 451, written in 1953 about the near future and the entire social problems it has, and the movie Pleasantville made in 1998 about a perfect society, could prove through their similarities and differences how the results are about the same. In both works, the themes are that knowledge and power go hand in hand, and also that repression of freedom can be very dangerous.

The main character of Fahrenheit 451, Montag, is an average man of his society, fulfilling his duties as a fireman. In this novel, a fireman destroys books by lighting houses on fire. After having a seemingly innocent person commit suicide in their apartment because the firemen were going to burn down her house, he begins to ponder the true nature of his job. This is very similar to the experience of David from the film Pleasantville. David is an average high school student who enjoys watching television on his free time. One day his sister and David get into an argument and one thing led to the next, when all of a sudden they were in the television show that David enjoys watching. David cautions his sister, Jennifer, that they must take on the roles of the characters that they replaced (Bud and Mary Sue). Soon after being in the show, they realize that everyone shouldn’t be equal, and begin to question the rules of the society. Both Montag and David use their inquisition about society to bring about change. It could not have been done without a catalyst to start the process. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, a high school student named Clarisse, who questioned Montag, and asked him if he was truly happy with his life. Montag actually had to think this over and in the end he found his answer to be no. Mr. Johnson, owner of the soda fountain, opens the eyes of David, now called Bud. After David had missed his late shift with Mr. Johnson, Mr. Johnson had to close up by...
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