Fahrenheit 451: A Dystopian Society

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Fahrenheit 451 A Utopia is a perfect community and life; the society in Fahrenheit 451 is the opposite. It is dystopian, meaning it is a degraded society that is headed to an irreversible oblivion. The government in this book is controlling and is brainwashing citizens, in a sense, and distracting them from reality. The fact that books are outlawed and burned, people are being distracted from reality, and independent thought is discouraged are all supporting factors, contributing to a dystopian society. Reading or even owning any book of any kind was illegal in this book. Although the people created the basis of this law, the government carried it out and made sure people followed it. Most didn’t ever question this law, and when they did,…show more content…
Clarisse explains how mixed up everyone is, “‘I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange, I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social…. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you?... but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film teacher. That’s not social to me at all. It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out of the bottom, and them telling us it’s wine when it’s not,’” (pg. 29). People were feeding kids the information they wanted in their heads at a young age so they think what they want them to think. Once you start questioning and thinking, the government no longer has control of you, “‘That’s why we’ve lowered the kindergarten age year after year until how we’re almost snatching them from the cradle…. She didn’t want to know how a thing was done, but why,’” (pg. 60). Independent thought threatens the government, so they discourage it and distract people so they won’t

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