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Brave New World And Farenhiet 451 comparisson essay

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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 for them.

Through out the his or her life, the infant learns to keep a distance between himself and

the books, Because of the conditioning experiences that infants went through, The mere

sight of books made people scream and shout in terror. We come to learn that the basic

reasoning behind this conditioning against reading in Brave New World was because

“You couldn't have lower-caste people wasting the Community's time over books, and

there was always the risk of their reading something, which might undesirably

decondition one of their reflexes” (Huxley 22). In Fahrenheit 451 the outlawing of book

reading is taken to an even greater extent. In this novel the whole purpose of...

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