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Fahrenheit 451 vs. Hunger Games

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Allie Tarantino

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Summary F451
Current Issues
There are many current issues addressed in Fahrenheit 451. Two main ones are censorship, and the dumbing down of society through TV. In terms of censorship in our modern world, it depends on what culture you’re in, or what media you’re talking about: books, TV, internet, movies, or the school system. For example, in the school system “…a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible” (Diamond). No, they’re not burning books in our situation, but putting them out of reach of readers, they might as well be. The American Library Association asserted in the same article that there has been an upsurge in organized plans to get rid of certain books, rather than a random parent complaint here or there, and the most common reasons given are for dirty language, sex and violence (Diamond). Ok, but what about the “dumbing down” of our society through television? An article that discusses a recently discovered test/exam from 1912 shows how simplified and superficial American Education has become, and how the movie Idiocracy—and the book F451—aren’t that off the mark! A startling quote is “Our young people are also horribly deficient when it comes to math and science. At this point, 15-year-olds in the United States do not even rank in the top half of all industrialized nations when it comes to math and science literacy” (Snyder). But what is the relationship to television? When we ask ourselves what is different about life than in 1912, the major difference is our reliance on screens to pre-digest information for us; with reading, the reader problem solves while reading, putting ideas together, making pictures in his head; with screens, no problem solving, no imagination is necessary. Snyder goes on to make this connection when he says, “Americans spend an average of 153 hours watching television each month, and when we aren’t watching television we are watching movies, playing video games, surfing the Internet, etc.” That’s a lot of hours to have information effortless fed to you! Even the vocabulary of the State of the Union—our presidents’ address to the nation--has gone down from a graduate school level with William Taft (early 1900s) to an eighth grade level with Bush Senior (90s). The irony of all this is that we really don’t need fireman to burn books; their decline is happening through forces of society, like the extinction of a species.
Literary Tech.
: "the land rushed at him, a tridal wave" (pg.143)-Montag had just escaped the city.
"The bacon began to flutter and dance in the pan and the sputter of it filled the morning air." (pg.163)- The bacon shows human qualities as it is dancing and moving.
: "Don't judge a book by its cover" (pg.155)- it's ironic because they are firemen.
: Phoenix (pg.163)- it symbolizes a new beginning
: "One, two, three, four, one, two..." (pg.18)-It emphasizes all the stuff that happened throughout the day.
: "Montag crushed himself down, squeezing himself small, eyes tight" (pg.160)- he remembered when he met Millie.

Background F451
Fahrenheit 451 is a distopian book that takes place in 2022 Suburbia. It is life aftewar and atomic bombs, etc.. The government is using censorship to keep the people in this bubble with no place for opinion. Books are banned, television is dumbed down to gossip with no real news. Firemen are used to start fires instead of stopping them.
By: Allie Tarantino
Fahrenheit 451 vs. Hunger Games
Hunger Games Summary
Hunger Games Background
Hunger Games takes place in a distopian time in the after effects of war. Hunger is one of the big problems that the districts deal with. There are 12 Districts and one Capitol. About 75 years prior the Katniss' time, their used to be 13 districts and they rebelled against the capitol and sought to overtake it. The Capitol ended up bombing District 13 and all the people with it In the end they did not succeed and there was now only 12 districts. The President decided to have the Hunger Games as a punishment and to remind the people of the rebellion and their failure. Also to remind them that the Capitol is the one who has all the power.
Hunger Games Literary Terms
: "I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun." (pg.121) -Katniss is called the Girl on Fire, and this shows her power as an individual.
: "The woods became our savior" (pg.51)- the woods provide food and privacy from the captiol for Katniss.
: Mockingjay - represents defiance and they were used to spy for the capitol, but ended up failing. The mockingjays show the capitols failure, so when Katniss uses the symbol as her token in the games, thats the start of the resistance.
: "Let them come with their night-vision glasses and their heavy branch breaking bodies" (pg: 248)- She's talking about the Careers, they have more food, and better quality of life.
: The inequality between rich and poor- Katniss and the other people in the districts have barely any food but the Capitol has plenty.
: "We have to stand for a few minutes in the doorway of the train while the cameras gobble up our images, then we're allowed inside and the doors lose mercifully behind us." (pg.41)- Gossip and news are huge in the Capitol,and its ironic that the capitol glorifies the games, even though kids are sent to their deaths.
In Fahrenheit 451, firefighters are used to burn books instead of stopping fires. The captain of the fire department is Captain Beatty and the main character Montag is a fireman and he is married to Mildred who is a drug addict and she's oblivious to the outside world; completely emotionless. One day Montag meets a 16 year old girl, Clarisse, and she changes how Montag views everything and what he stands for. On the job, an elderly women refuses to leave her house and all her books, so she burns herself along with the house full of books. However before she does this, Montag is able to sneak a book under his jacket.
In The Hunger Games, there are 12 districts, and the Capitol. The main character Katniss lives in the 12th district where they focus on mining and coal. Food is very sparse during these times and most people are starving and live in poverty. Every year there are the Hunger Games and its a battle to the death in a public arena where everyone is watching on television. Whoever wins receives a lifetime supply of food and a luxury house. The Reaping day is where they pick a boy and girl from each district to participate in the blood bath. When Katniss' sister Prim gets reaped for the games, Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her sister. Peeta Mellark is chosen for the boys and Katniss instantly recognizes him from her childhood as the boy who gave her bread and saved her from starvation. They then say there goodbyes and Katniss receives a Mocking jay pin for her token in the games from the Mayor's daughter. After that they head for the capitol. Once their there they get ready for the opening ceremony and Katniss meets her stylist, Cinna, where he makes her look stunning for the crowd and sponsors. The next couple of days, Peeta and Katniss train and prepare with their mentor ,Haymitch, a drunk, who won the games when he was there age. The night before the games they have all the tributes on stage and interview them so the world can know who they are. When Katniss goes up there, she talks about how much she loves her sister and would do anything for her. The crowd instantly loves her. When Peeta is called up, he confessed his undying love for Katniss and how they are star-crossed lovers that fate happened to put them together in the Hunger Games.
Works Cited
Diamond, Rachel. “Censorship on the Rise: U.S. Schools Have Banned More than 20 Books this Year”. Think Progress. August 19 2011. May 19, 2014. Web. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/19/299611/censorship-on-the-rise-u-s-schools-have-banned-more-than-20-books-this-year/

Snyder, Micheal. “Newly Discovered Eighth-Grade Exam from 1912 Shows How Dumbed Down America Has Become”. End of the American Dream. August 12, 2013. May 19, 2014. < http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/newly-discovered-eighth-grade-exam-from-1912-shows-how-dumbed-down-america-has-become>

"2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics", July 27, 2013. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm

Bidisha. "World Hunger: Time Is Running Out", December 6, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bidisha/world-hunger-g8-summit_b_3435577.html
Hunger Games Summary Pt.2
The next day, Katniss gets ready and heads up to the arena where she waits till countdown on a pedestal with the other tributes. Once the countdown hits zero, everyone rushed to the cornucopia to retrieve goods and weapons. Katniss, to avoid death, only retrieves a back pack and hurries off in the woods. Once she's hidden within the woods, she keeps running, giving herself miles away from the middle of the arena. She climbs into a tree and stays there for sleep and coverage. Katniss is woken up from sleep because of fire balls from the sky, produced by the game makers. She then is burned and forced to find coverage. On the verge of passing out from dehydration, Katniss finally finds water. She continues throughout the arena and when the careers find her she is up in a tree, safety away from their grasps. Katniss see's Peeta and is shocked to see him among them. One of the other tributes, Rue, informs Katniss of the tracker jacker nest above her. Katniss cuts through the branch and drops the nest on them. She then escapes and runs the other way. Rue later helps her destroy the careers food supply, but is killed by one of the careers.
Hunger Games Summary Pt.3
As the days go on, new info comes out saying that people from the same district can win together. Knowing this, Katniss goes and finds Peeta, but badly injured. She nurses him but he needs medicine to stop the infection. When the gamemakers announce the chance to get the items you need at the cornucopia , its a shining opportunity for Katniss to get what Peeta needs. She barely gets out of their alive and delivers the medicine to Peeta. With both of them healthy, they set out to gather food. It ends up coming down to them and another tribute, Cato. On a cold night, the game makers release mechanical wolves into the arena that chase all of them to the middle where the final showdown happens. trying to get coverage, they all climb on the Cornucopia. Peeta is badly injured when one of the dogs bites his ankle, but Katniss helps him up to get up. Cato is also up their and he takes Peeta as a hostage . Katniss kills him with an arrow and Peeta and her are the last alive. Thinking they would win, a guy on the speaker says that their have been a change in the rules and that only one can come out alive. Katniss and Peeta don't want to kill one another, so they decide to swallow poisonous berries, but before they swallow, the speaker goes on again and says for them to stop, and that they are the new Hunger Games winners. They get taken back to the capitol and where they freshen up. As days go on they get ready to go on their tour around the capitols, and that's where Peeta finds out that Katniss' love for him was fake.

Current Issues
Hunger is a huge problem in the world today. "Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year--five million deaths." (Hunger.org). Hunger doesn't just affect children to, "The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012." (Hunger.org). So many people are dying from hunger in other countries, but we americans seem to have an endless quantity. The first article I read was about the hunger crisis all over the world and how "many families in poor countries spend up to 80% of their income on food." (humanium.org).
Comparing the Future Prognosis
Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games are very similar. Both books deal with the controlling government and how the government regulates every aspect of life. In Fahrenheit 451 the government controls the media and the amount of knowledge people recieve. Books are banned and television is dumbed down to petty gossip. In The Hunger Games the government controls what you allowed to do and your participation the games. Both are equally frightening and restricts your way of life. Another simularity is that both books take place after nuclear wars, and the governments are left to pick up the pieces, trying to reassemble whats left of humanity and building up on it.

What's more realistic?
I have to go with The Hunger Games because hunger is more immanent and a realistic problem in the world than the extinction of books. There would be no need of firemen, "since books are dying on their own, less than natural death, without the need of book burners" (Moore).Also with the all the new technology these days, you can find info that's in a book a click away on a computer.

Also another thing is that hunger is a big problem, and many say that food will run out. With about 7 billion people on the planet it's hard to find food for people in a lot of countries, and that's before the after shock of war. Imagine how little food we would have after a nuclear war. Another thing is, with all the wars going on today, I wouldn't be suprised if we had a nuclear war that severly damaged lands, crops, etc. all over the world and that left the world in ruins. Therefore I have to go with The Hunger Games as it is more realistic.
F451 Summary
One day when Montag doesn't show up to work, Beatty comes by and talkes to him. Beatty secretly knows about the books and threatens him indirectly. Montag denies everything. Later Montag visits an old English professor from his past, Faber. Faber tells Montag the dangers and ideas that come from book, that the government is so afraid of. The fire departments gets a call about Montag's house and the books. He finds out that Mildred sounded the alarm and ratted out on Montage. Beatty then forces him to burn his house down and him with it, but when Beatty goes to far, Montag burns him. Montag then escapes from the mechanical hound and the police. He hides by a river until he meets a group of people who want to help him, and Montag decides to join them. Together they escape the city before it was destroyed by bombs, and devote themselves to reciting and memorizing books.
Current Issues
Well, if the food prices are increasing, those families would not be able to purchase food anymore, let alone survive. This relates to The Hunger Games because food is very sparse and many people die from starvation. The second article I read was about totalitarian government today and how their are pictures and statues of the N. Korean leader all over the city squares.. Totalitarian is a concept used to describe political systems where a state regulates nearly every aspect of public and private. The government controls everything, "propaganda and conditioning begins at birth and continues throughout adulthood." (Totalitarian). in The Hunger Games, the capitol is set up on this pedestal, and they regulate everything that happens in the districts, from what you say to what you do; everything.
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