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Dystopian Society In Fahrenheit 451

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Dystopian societies are deceiving and manipulative. From the outside looking in, they create the illusion of a flawless government and society. In truth, dystopias are founded upon unrealistic ideas, and often result in mass poverty or public mistrust. Propaganda and the banishment of the natural world figuratively create the illusion of a utopian society to mask the flawed government and societal ideas within. Biased and misleading information persuades the citizens; the citizens must be brainwashed and dehumanized for the dystopia to function. From the dehumanization, the natural world is eradicated.
The concept of dystopias is to disguise the imperfect quality of life in these fictional societies due to human misery, poverty, terror, corruption
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The propaganda in Fahrenheit 451, is to persuade citizens that books are useless and unnecessary, causing people to believe that literature is silly, and the government is rational for placing a ban on books. Because these sources of knowledge are banished, people are unaware of how life truly must be lived. Citizens are not aware of their own unhappiness; however, there is no secret that the people are miserable. Ray Bradbury wrote, “Darkness. He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door to ask for it back.” (Bradbury 7). Montag is reevaluating how he feels in regards to everything in his life and Clarisse arouses Montag's curiosity and begins to help him discover that real happiness has been missing from his life for quite some time. At first, Montag believes he is happy. When he views himself in the firehouse mirror after a night of burning, he grins "the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame." He realizes how the government made him, along with everyone else in his world. Guy Montag admits, "It was a pleasure to burn." Montag, along with the other firemen, burn books, which are banned, to show conformity. When books and new ideas are available to people, conflict and…show more content…
In the motion picture, “Minority Report”, citizens are under constant surveillance. In order for crimes to be detected, special humans called pre-cognitives, dream of the crimes. Each person in D.C. is able to be tracked down at any time, once the crime is determined. People are no longer given the right to privacy in their society; if the government and the precrime cops are able to track anyone at any time, no one is really ever left alone. In Fahrenheit 451, people are completely unaware of the true history of America. Because books have been banned, the government was able to erase history and rewrite it to tell a different story. People in Fahrenheit 451 have conformed to a dehumanized state, and they have forgotten even how to interact and communicate. Montag recalls, "Nobody listens any more. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me. I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read." (Bradbury,
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