similarities between tmc and fh451

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Eddie McDonald
Mrs. Morey

Similarities between Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

Throughout the course of Fahrenheit 451 many characters were introduced, such as Mildred, Guy Montag and Captain Beatty. While the introduction of these characters wasn’t consistently direct or indirect, almost each character, with the exception of a few changed dramatically from beginning to end. The Martian Chronicles, being made up of short stories, had many more static characters than dynamic. The change from start to end of this novel was society, not a specific character. “Her Face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything… her dress was white and it whispered.” (Fahrenheit 451 pg. 76 ebook) “ Mr. and Mrs. K were not old they had the fair brownish skin of the true Martian, the yellow coin eyes, the soft musical voices.” (The Martian Chronicles ‘YLLA’ pg. 3 ebook)

The tone in the book Fahrenheit 451 was gloomy, dark, and depressing. It makes the reader realize how lucky we are to have the freedoms we do now, and hopefully that doesn’t change. The tone in the Martian Chronicles was very similar, yet different. The depressing mood is still set by the corrupted world full of war, but Mars provides a hopeful escape from the tyranny, although maybe not the danger.

Fahrenheit 451 is a book about burning books, sadness, guilt, betrayal, but also new beginnings. All of these different emotions are at one point portrayed as fire, such as when they talk about the Phoenix and how it rises from its own ashes. The symbolism in The Martian Chronicles compared humans to destruction, such as when the rockets were called locusts for setting Mars on fire when landing.

The conflicts in Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles were completely opposite. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag was facing internal conflict because he was being torn apart by guilt from illegally stealing books, while the conflict in the Martian...
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