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Equality in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Anthem by Ayn Rand

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Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 both hit a very similar theme. The theme in Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, and Anthem, by Ayn Rand can be connected to a universal theme, Equality has limits. Both books support this theme by supporting an idea of a utopia, and both failed in its own way. Inside Fahrenheit, the book builds its base on a perfect society. This idea is quickly squashed as Montag realizes he isn’t happy. At one point in the book, he is forced to burn a house with a person inside. Montag thinks, “How inconvenient! Always before it had been like snuffing a candle. The police went first and adhesive-taped the victim's mouth and bandaged him off into their glittering beetle cars, so when you arrived you found an empty house. You weren't hurting anyone, you were hurting only things! And since things really couldn't be hurt, since things felt nothing, and things don't scream or whimper, as this woman might begin to scream and cry out, there was nothing to tease your conscience later. You were simply cleaning up. Janitorial work, essentially. Everything to its proper place. Quick with the kerosene! Who's got a match?”(Bradbury, 1953, Pg. 36) This shows how Montag believed that burning a person’s things was perfectly fine. He was blinded by how the society had thought it to be better and more equal without books; to the point where people were hurt by them. The idea of equality and multiple other factors are contributed to a type of moral fog; Everyone thinks that they are happy, and that nothing is wrong. This fake equality doesn’t come without a price. The government has deemed that to make everyone equal, they have to get rid of multiple tools that people today use. Books, being the main target, are illegal to own and distr... ... middle of paper ... ...much equality and a sense to keep that equality was the downfall of this society. The reader will see that in both books, the society chased a perfect image in an attempt to make everybody equal. Fahrenheit believed that by limiting everybody’s knowledge and advancing technology to do stuff for them, they would reach a point where everybody is equal. This failed by their society’s dependence on the technology and banishment of education, which ruined the equality. Anthem took a similar approach, believing that if everybody did the same thing, looked the same way, and worked with the same people, they could program people to be equal. This method almost worked, until Equality 7 - 2521 got curious. Nobody worked harder because there was nothing to work harder for. These books work hand and hand to bring a theme that can be drawn from both books; Equality has limits.
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