And the more he thinks, the more he realizes how no one thinks. Upon making this realization, Montag does the opposite of what he is supposed to; he begins to read. The more he reads and the more he thinks, the more he sees how the utopia he thought he lived in, is anything but. Montag then makes an escape from this society that has banished him because he has tried to gain true happiness through knowledge. This is the main point that Bradbury is trying to make through the book; the only solution to conformity and ignorance is knowledge because it provides things that the society can not offer: perspective on life, the difference between good and evil, and how the world works.
Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the benefits of knowledge. Yes, knowledge can cause disharmony, but in many ways, knowledge of the past, which is recorded in books, can prevent man from making similar mistakes in the present and future. The society envisioned by Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 is often compared to Huxley's Brave New World. Though both works definitely have an anti-government theme, this is not the core idea of Bradbury's novel. As Beatty explains in part one, government control of people's lives was not a conspiracy of dictators or tyrants, but a consensus of everyday people.
Hank becomes “the boss” of Camelot, and begins his plans to free the serfs and establish a republic. However his plans are destined to fail because he is incapable of understanding values that are different from his own; he is the ultimate know-it all, and sets out to remake the world in his own image. He is given “the choicest suite of apartments in the castle, after the king’s”(Twain 31), but he criticizes them because they lack the conveniences of the nineteenth century, such as “a three-color God-Bless-Our-Home over the door”(Twain 32). His lack of acceptance of the local culture is also seen through his Victorian modesty, he sleeps in his armor because “it would have seemed so like undressing before folk”(Twain 60), even though he had clothes on underneath, and he is repelled by the language used in mixed company. Although Hank says he only wants to help the poor people of Britain who in his words “… were merely modified savages”(Twain 61), create a society like his own where “…all political power is inherent in the people…”(Twain 65) instead he promotes himself to the level of despot.
Criticizing the way in which scientific discoveries ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ore then a physical condition, and this is what we saw in a Brave New World. We saw a society sickened by the abuse of power. Because of the ignorance that was manifested into the creation of each person, they could not individually recognize the evils in society. Universal happiness may keep the wheels of society turning, but truth, beauty, passion, and free will and mind are a high price to pay. Happiness is never as grand as the emotions evolved in a good fight, struggle or overthrow of things you feel strongly about (temptation, misfortune, passion or doubt).
If the government would have let the people read books then they still would not have been able to understand them because the literature is based on experiences and passions that do not exist to them. In Brave New World, the people can not read Othello because beatiful things, such as great literature, tend to last; people continue to like them even when the become quite old. A society based on consumerism... ... middle of paper ... ...eness of society. In the novel everything is very systematic and the people stick to the status quo. During a quarrel, Montag yells to Mildred, “‘... We need not to be let alone.We need to be really bothered once in awhile.
In the end of "Anthem", Prometheus comes to the realization that his society's teachings and ideas were not helpful in advancement to the society. Ideas like individuality, that the society tried to squash out of its people, is beneficial to the society as a whole because men are meant to think for themselves. In the book Prometheus made the light bulb back when he was in the society, but once he showed it to the World Council, they but him in jail. After this incidence he realized that no matter what brilliant things he invents, it will never be something that particular society can use. At first he is confused, but realizing that he was acting like an individual made him see that maybe society is the evil one and he is the good one.
It always questioned what was moral, what was justifiably correct. What John thought was acceptable made Mustapha Mond counter with his own argument and vice versa. Huxley’s satirical story exaggerated some ideas such as the banning of religion but overall, he made his impact with the world. “With the rise of Fascism… and a massive economic depression… Huxley’s harsh and unsettling vision was simply too far ahead of its time.” (Brave New World 265). With the abstract utopia, the reader could scoff at the practices of the “future” while the characters scoffed at the practices of the present or their past.
Existentialism is a form of living a certain way but not living at all. The website Novels for students states that Meursault recognizes the “truth” that life is meaningless. “That means life is just what one makes of it…” This is a belief for existentialism and those who follow it believe that life is pointless. This is also shows little interest on how important life can be and what good it can bring. In Novels for students Camus express his thoughts on humanistic logic that neither theology nor fate can offer men of intelligence.
What suffocating intimacies, what dangerous, insane, obscene relationships between the members of the family group! (37) In an earlier passage, Huxley shows the effects of Mond's explanation on one boy, "The Controller's evocation wa... ... middle of paper ... ... without religion or a god. This belief is portrayed throughout the novel. Brave New World presents a frightening view of a future civilization which has forgotten current morals and standards. Instead of humans controlling science and their lives, science controls humans, and World Controllers decide all rules which are intended to mold society into a stable community.
Consequently, Mark Twain recognized the double standard and addresses it in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.Huck was not raised in accordance or the accepted ways of civilization at the time, in fact, he faces many aspects of society which end up making him choose his own individuality over civilization. In a sense, he raises himself. He relies on his instincts and skills he learns from other people to guide him throughout his life. Twain depicts a theme of how civilization and the ethics of a society can conflict with individuality. Huck is a social outcast because he has been out on his own and reared from a drunken father and no mother.