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Fahrenheit 451 and 1984
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 and 1984
Antagonists live meaningless lives working for the government, one day a girl appear and changes them forever. The antagonist later goes on to rebel and eventualy is caught.
ENG4UN-04 Culminating Task
An In-Depth Analysis of
In this presentation we will:
ALIENATION AND ISOLATION
TECHNOLOGY AS A WEAPON
In 1984, the memory hole is used to destroy information
Similarly in Fahrenheit 451, fire is used to burn books
Both novels use fire as a means of destruction
When the government takes control of all knowledge they ultimately take control of people also
"I love burning books"
In 1984, this is widely accepted
Citizens in Fahrenheit 451 memorize books that can later be relayed to others
Connection to Society
China has a division called the internet police. It employs 30,000 agents who investigate individuals who post information online that may be offensive to Chinese government and officials
Fahrenheit 451, a book about banning and censoring books was not only banned but also censored. All four letter words were removed in its first publication run.
96% of the internet is considered "deep web." This area of the internet is not indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing and in fact it as a whole is banned in some countries
Alienation and Isolation
Technology as a Weapon
Children trained to report parents
Teenagers kill each other for fun
People are much more interested with the fictional events that are shown on TV than any cause or concern in real life
Compare and contrast the two novels
Refer back to course material regarding totalitarian rule
Make connections to contemporary society
Paradox as all people in the society are isolated yet each person spends little time with themselves
"No matter when he came in, the walls were always talking to Mildred." (23)
At work, both characters avoid coworkers
Montag has a wife however he feels that she is never physically present as she is preoccupied by the television
Winston unwillingly talks to Syme and Parsons
"He turned round. It was his friend Syme, who worked in
the Research Department. Perhaps ‘friend’ was not exact- ly the right word. You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades." (62)
"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 doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this." (13)
Used as a motif for oppression
Method of both physical and psychological control
Programs are written with one part missing sothat the viewer can be involved. The program is not for entertainment rather it brainwashes people
Telescreens limit what you can do, even in the privacy of your own home
"Big Brother is watching you" instills fear
Totalitarian governments must make its citizens feel like life is better now than it was before the revolution
Television is used to relay fabricated statistics
People enjoy watching executions and take part in two minute hate everyday
"It was a good hanging, I think it spoiled it when they tie their feet together." (64)
"Within two years her children would be denouncing her to the thought police." (64)
"I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other." (14)
Fahrenheit 451 Summary
Guy Montag is a fireman who burns books in a futuristic American city. In this society firemen start fires rather than take them out. Books are banned and burned upon discovery.At first Montag has no problem with this. After meeting Clarisse McClellan he opens his eyes to the world of books and love.
Noticeable similarities between 1984 and Fahrenheit 451:
Conflict: Person vs. Society
Setting: Futuristic Dystopian Society
Both stories are narrated in a third person omniscient point of view
Guy ultimately triumphs as he evades his government. Winston however is eventually brainwashed and conforms
Fahrenheit 451's government believes in reding rid of knowledge and free thought however Big Brother's government believes in changing the past and limiting the vocabulary of the future
Big Brother's government is exposed through Goldstein's book and Winston's experiences, Fahrenheit 451's government however remains largely a mystery
Winston and Guy Montag
Winston has memory of what life was like before the revolution
"Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?" (16)
Montag was born into the civilization
O'Brien and Captain Beatty
Helps in protagonists arrest
Intelligent and powerful member of the government
"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal." (28)
Julia and Clarisse McClellan
Both married to women who are devoted
Begin to like the protagonist
"Are you happy?" (4)
How are books in Fahrenheit 451 destroyed?
What is the significance of the title Fahrenheit 451?
Name one piece of technology used in either 1984 or Fahrenheit 451.
Which country has 30,000 investigators called internet