Examples Of Dystopia In Fahrenheit 451

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Utopia is a place of ideal perfection. Dystopia is when conditions of life are miserable. In most cases, utopia and dystopia are at two ends of the spectrum; one is good, the other is bad. However, I believe that Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, proves otherwise. Somewhere believed to be a utopia is often a dystopia in disguise. Like glass, a utopian society seems perfect from afar, but as you stare at it with scrutiny, you will soon detect flaws and scratches across the smooth surface, desperate to remain incognito. Similar to Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, and Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, are set in the future. In The Giver, you read of a world where poverty, violence, and hate are resolved with a world of “Sameness.” Jonas, the main…show more content…
However, in Fahrenheit 451, a utopian society seems to have been reached. Perfection seemed to exist in “laws, government, and social conditions.” Compared to our modern world, this future seemed to be happier and their lives less chaotic. Humans have never liked laws because they give off a sense of restriction as well as authority. In the future, laws don’t exist and anything seemed feasible and within one’s reach. There was only a simple law, and that was to not read books as well as think, making “the mind drink less and less.” This doesn’t seem much of a sacrifice because society was filled with far more excitement than literature could offer. Meanwhile, new technology helped people do everyday chores and made life simpler, leaving more time for fun. Like Beatty said, “Life is immediate, the job counts, and pleasure lies all about after work.” Entertainment ruled their society. The parlor walls seem like a god compared to our TVs. The seashell radios are convenience at its best. All humans had to do was to have fun and be happy. Life truly seemed divine though it was
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