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Sim. and Diff. of Fahrenheit 451 and Society

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Crystal Barajas

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The rights of individuals are different from today's society and the society in Fahrenheit 451. They are restricted from education and learning more than we are. For example in Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty was explaining to Montag about the education of everyone in their society, "School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored. Life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after work. Why learn anything save pressing buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts?" (Bradbury 53). The quote shows how the people in Fahrenheit 451 are being put to learn in a kindergarten level just to make everyone in the world happy about themselves. In our society, we are always being challenged to be the smarter ones and are expected to have some sort of high intelligence. Another example is, "Give the people contest they win by remembering the word to more popular songs of the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving" (Bradbury 58). In the book the government and the firemen were doing whatever they can to make the people happy and they would make society feel like they are learning new things everyday even though they weren't.
Rights of Individuals
Rituals from Fahrenheit 451 are different from ours. For example in Fahrenheit their ritual is to burn books. Any time they see a book that makes them have the urge to burn them. Unlike us we conserve our books and try to use them to help us with our knowledge. Second people usually do rituals as a religious thing. People do it because they have learn it from generations before them and because they feel more connected to themselves and their beliefs. On the contrary, people from Fahrenheit don't really have religion. So they don't have something to feel connect to themselves. Third, we have cultural rituals. People are separated by what kind of cultural they are born in. In Fact people sometimes have festivals for hispanic cultural, american cultural, and etc. Which is different from Fahrenheit, everybody is equal and they cant do rituals on that because they don't have cultural to
The society in Fahrenheit 451, were also restricted from possessing or reading any books. An example is that, there was a woman in the story who had many books living within the cabinets of her house. She was caught having possession of these books, books that were banned and forbidden to read by the government. When she was caught, the only thing that the firemen are able to do is burn the books, she did not want to give them up, so the only thing that she did was burn herself along with her books. In this story, the people who really cared for books were sent to a mental facility, they were killed, or they sacrificed themselves. In our society we cherish and really care for our books. We do not burn them just because we think that they make everyone unhappy. The final reason why the rights of individuals is different from our society than the society in Fahrenheit 451 is because the people on the book don't value the individual thinkers. For example, Captain Beatty was explaining to Montag about Clarisse, "She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarrassing. You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it" (Bradbury 58). In the book the people did not value the individual thinker because they thought that they made themselves very unhappy. In our society we especially are grateful for the individual thinkers because they are usually the people who come up with "Truth", are those who make new discoveries, and are those who are our philosophers, etc. Fahrenheit 451 shows a world in which the rights of every individual are completely different than in the world that we live in now.
Profession in our society is different to Fahrenheit. First, in our society profession is important because we need money. In fact, people study to have a career to be able to get a good job and make money for themselves. To be able to sustain in society. Unlike in Fahrenheit 451, people only worked to get new stuff. All they care about was getting money to buy the newest things. Second, with profession all around means that there will be more jobs for people. And in Fahrenheit there are only specific amount of jobs, because any jobs involving with literacy and books did not exist only jobs involving television, film and photographing. So certain amount of people would have jobs. Third we study the profession we are passionate about we try to have our dream job. Something we would like to do for the rest of our life. Which is completely opposite from Fahrenheit in the book Montag really want ton be a fireman. Hes only a fireman for the job. But threw out the book it showed how he wasn't passionate about burning books he wanted to save them.
Types of Governments
My second area of focus will be focusing on the types of government and it's differences between today's society and the society from Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, their government does anything to make the people in their control happy. They burned books that were not politically correct and that were critical and judgemental. Whereas our government only does things for the good of the country and does things so the United States would live on and prosper. Also, our government is a constitutional based federal republic. Our country goes by a supreme power which is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. The government in Fahrenheit 451 is a democracy. They go by a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. This is shown when Mildred and her friends were talking about politics and were talking about who they voted for.
Our World Project Presentation
By: Evelyn Cristobal, Eduardo Ramirez, Elizabeth Perez, Daniel Villa, Crystal L. Barajas & Raichi Haneda
The objective of this presentation is to be able to compare and contrast similarities and differences based on today's society and Fahrenheit 451. In Ray Bradbury famous work, Fahrenheit 451, talks about a fireman named Guy Montag living in a futuristic American city. In Montag's world, firemen would start fires rather than stop them. The people in this society did not read books, are always inside the house, were always in front of a wall sized television screen, and did not think independently. Montag encountered a teenage girl named Clarisse McClellan who seemed very peculiar to Montag because she always thought of the most random things that no one would think of and would express her love about other people. (In other words, she wasn't acting like everyone else.) Throughout the next couple days, Montag has gone through a series of disturbing events. First, he responds to an alarm that an old woman has stashed hidden literature, and shocks him by choosing to be burned alive with her books. Second, Captain Beatty visited Montag and told him the history of how life is the way it is. Beatty said that the government always wanted to keep the people happy, so they burned books instead of reading them because the criticism and the judgement in the literature made the people sad. Montag reads to Mildred and her friends a poem and one of the friends called the firemen on Montag. This was the moment that Montag was forced to burn his house and killed Captain Beatty with a flame thrower. Montag was then forced to run and while running, he met a couple of men who were also on the run like him. A moment after that a war-jet bombed the city that Montag once lived in. The following statements are explaining the similarities and differences between our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451.
Overall there is a good amount of similarities and differences between our society and the world in Fahrenheit 451. We have different types of government, different rituals, etc. And within these examples you can see the connection between today's society and the society in Fahrenheit 451.
Families are different from reality and from Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit451. The citizens in Fahrenheit451 are mostly the same due to the lack and limits of education which made people isolated from each other than being together like a family. In the story Fahrenheit451 everyone or most civilians watch the television as education or as entertainment. This effects the citizens knowledge and emotions which creates emotional disorder or isolation. Comparing to reality everyone is well educated and lives with a group of people with or without the same blood. Another example of a difference to reality and Fahrenheit 451 is that education and entertainment is mostly on the TV. The limited shows and knowledge had been changed to keep the citizens maintained making them more focused on the screen rather than real people. In reality on the other hand, most people enjoy with others or with there family members. Also entertainment and education is endless in which means that it shouldn't always be on the screen. And finally people can't live with each other. The major reason is because one person can't do everything by him/her self in tough situation. People must support for each other in order to live and to have a healthy life in order to maintain emotion and sanity.
Business in Fahrenheit451 has a lot of difference to the real society. Most of the jobs have limited amount of activities that don't change at all to jobs that changed completely or flipped to do the opposite. Fahrenheit451 has a major focus on censorship which means that most current job actions has been altered to block off any content that might be a threat. In Fahrenheit 451 firemen have their job actions reversed so they will burn books rather than to put out flames. In reality firemen take down fire to prevent fire from spreading and to save the lives of the innocent. But in Fahrenheit451 if you have a book with knowledge then your dead and also your house is burned down. In reality citizens go to work with a variety of choices and have a vast amount of different actions for each job. But in Fahrenheit451 most jobs were removed and changed to have different tasks to burning books as a firemen to teaching kids with only TV and altered education that was made intent to balance the knowledge for every civilian. Most reasonable thought about Fahrenheit451 is that not only the jobs are limited but the civilians all do it for more stuff. In reality jobs are suppose to help people and to gain money in order to live your life. But in Fahrenheit451 its different since most of the education and knowledge of the civilians are the same and also do to the lack of emotions and how they only like TV shows and other items they can afford. The only reason why they have jobs is to get more stuff which tells why the civilians are just doing orders in order to claim their reward.
Transportation is the first focus area I will be talking about. In my opinion Transportation in our world is very similar to
Fahrenheit 451
First reason, In the book people have fast cars with all this modern technology. That is what we are trying to get to faster cars with more technology because it seems that we have no time to do anything else just like the people from the book.
Second reason, It seem that even in the book with the newer and better cars they still have car accidents.The people in our world are trying to make the best car ever but as long as we have wreck less driver we will always have car accidents.
Third reason, Even in the book people will always rely on public transportation. Just like Montag and many people now depend on it to go to work to school or any other place they will also need it for the future.
Celebration will be the second focus area I will be talking about. In my opinion celebration is different to
Fahrenheit 452
First reason, People in the book are so emotion less and social less. compared to our world usually in a party people are totally different they like to dance,talk meet new people, and have a fun time.
Second reason, In the book people seem to have no time to celebrate or party. But in our world people are always trying to celebrate for everything and they always make space for partying.
Third reason, People in the book seem to not care any more. They don't celebrate birthdays or Christmas or any other special occasion. Compared to our world people just make everything important and always have time to celebrate.

In my first focus area, I will look at education.
Specific examples of how this area of our current society is similar from Fahrenheit 451 are:
First, students in our society only go to school to get a good career just like they do in the novel.
Second, students in the book for example Clarrise, was bullied just like kids now in most middle & high schools.
In my second focus area, I will look at entertainment.
Specific examples of how this area of our current society is similar from Fahrenheit 451 are:
First, for entertainment they watch television and aren't aware of what's really going on just like at this time period in America.
Second, In Fahrenheit 451 they used "seashells" or earphones to get away from the world just like everyone does now.
Lastly. in Fahrenheit 451 teenagers street raced for entertainment just like they do now in areas around you.
Lastly, education in Fahrenheit 451 is similar to now because the government chooses what we get to learn.
Thank you
My first focus is rules and laws.
These are examples that show that our curre
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