Fahrenheit 451 vs 1984

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hrenCassandra Collins Mr. Valentine English 10 Period 1 25 February 2014 Dear Board of Education, I believe that our future tenth graders should be required to read 1984, by George Orwell, rather than Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. One reason that I believe that 1984 is a better read for the tenth graders of upcoming years, is that they will be forced to analyze their lives and their beliefs. This would be beneficial as it will make them consider if the things that others want them to believe are the truth. Also, 1984 will make the students question if they are being told the truth by their friends, like how Winston should have questioned Julia when she handed him the note, instead of blindly trusting her. Students should be required to read 1984, because it is a very thought provoking novel. For example, when the Party’s mantra, “War is peace Freedom is slavery Ignorance is strength” (16). This makes students consider the meanings of the words and wonder if this is actually true, or just the Party twisting the meanings around. Later in the book, when Winston is having lunch with one of his friends, who works at making newspeak words, his friend says that the party is working on eliminating words such as peace, freedom, and strength. Also, it will make students wonder how people could actually believe these things. However, in the book Fahrenheit 451, there are points that will make students question why they should bother learning. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, there are points in the book where students will obtain the point of view from where they can see how controversial reading can be. They get this point of view from the following quote, “‘Where’s your common sense, none of these books agree with each other…Snap out of it’” (38)! This quote can give readers the thought that rather than books being beneficial to the

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