For a long time science fiction writers have thrilled and have been challenged readers
with visions of the future and future worlds. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are books that both offered an insight into what they
expected man, society, and what civilization will become in the future time. Both authors
show that society, civilizations and expectations from men can be completely different in
future time. Of the many similarities among the two books, similarities that stand out the
most would have to be, the outlawed reading of books; the superficial preservation of
beauty and happiness; and lastly the idea of the protagonist as being a loner or an outcast
from society because of his differences in beliefs.
Outlawed reading. To us this sounds very strange. In the societies of both of these
books, however, it is a common and almost completely unquestioned law. In Brave New
World reading is something that all classes are conditioned against from birth. In the very
beginning of the novel we see a group of infants who are given bright, attractive books
but are exposed to an explosion and a shrieking siren when they reach out
The second person viewed as an outcast in Brave New World would be John the savage. He is constantly secluded from activities and looked down upon, as we see here, "He went with the others. Similarly, in Fahrenheit 451, the people have television walls. Clarisse new she was an outcast and even said, "I'm afraid of children my own age. They start fires for the sole purpose of destroying books, as illustrated here, "They pumped the cold fluid from the numerated 451 tanks strapped to their shoulders. Similarly, in Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is pretty much a loner himself. In the end, despite Mond's wishes to continue with the research, John ran away and moved into an abandoned light tower to live as a recluse. The other loner in this book is Clarisse. we make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so it"tms almost impossible for them to ever have it" (Huxley 235This maintains stability because everyone does their job without complaint and remains happy. For the first time in his life he can get any woman he wants and he even believes he has power. According to Mond "What more can they ask for" (Huxley 224). Wrong or right these people will most definitely be labeled as outcasts, and loners by the ruthless society, that we live, and will live in.