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Fahrenheit 451 vs. The Giver

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Maya DePina

on 22 March 2011

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Fahrenheit 451 vs. The Giver Blunders in the Making of a Society Which Would You Choose? In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver--who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.- B&N
“We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, like the Constitution says, but made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy…”- Beatty, F.451 "Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time,... back and back and back. We... did away with difference. We gained control of many things. "- the Giver to Jonas, The Giver
ON BEING THE SAME In F.451, the society has tried to make every one the same, equal, by taking attention away from differences. This is done by burning books, and simply not telling people about differences. In The Giver, people are physically made the same. Somehow, people no longer have different facial features, skins tones, heights and weights, or anything that sets them apart. On the other end of the spectrum, people who look too alike aren't allowed either. Perpertrators (such as twins and overweight people) are Released. Difference:
MARIAGES In The Giver, marriages are completely arranged, and, due to the removal of emotions in this society, completely unfeeling, with no exceptions. In Jonas' society, all marriages are made by the Committee of Elders, as stated on page 48, " Even the Matching of Spouses was given such weighty consideration that sometimes a spouse waited months or even YEARS before a match was approved and announced. All of the factors- disposition, energy level, intelligence and interests- had to correspond and interact perfectly. Jonas' mother, for example, had a higher intelligence than his father; but his father had a calmer disposition. They balanced each other. Their Match, which like all Matches had been monitored by the Committee of Elders for three years before they could apply for children, had always been a successful one." Similarities
Mariages In f.451, marriages are lacking. Most spouses can't even remember simple details such as first dates. Some people have been remarried as many as 3 times. And lot of marriages seem to have been sprung out of necessity more than anything else. As Mrs. Phelps says,"...Pete and I always said, no tears, nothing like that. It's our third marriage each and we're independent. Be independent, we always said. He said, if I get killed off, you just go right ahead and don't cry, but get married again, don't think of me." In Both Societies, marriages are unfeeling and unemotional, and based on compatibility Similarities:
DEALING WITH DEATH The reaction people in both worlds have the same reaction to death; nothing. Neither society gives much thought to when someone dies. Differences:
DEALING WITH DEATH Example of what death is to the people in F.451: “It’s always someone else’s husband that dies, they say” (Mrs. Phelps). Example of a scene of Release from The Giver: “Well, there was the telling of his life. That is always first. Then the toast. We all raised our glasses and cheered. We chanted the anthem. He made a lovely good-bye speech”.
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