Human vegetables, all controlled by the eights of their technology, all unaware of the real problems around them; a dystopian society. Farhenheit 451 and The Island, two stories that share this wretched theme. But both stories each have a character that questions it all. They both go against what others say. They followed what their hearts had to say, and thought for themselves.
With no literature for Guy Montag in Farhenheit 451 and the longing for freedom for Lincoln 6-Eco in The Island, both show oppressive social control and futuristic technollogy, but also show potential problems and similarities that our society could bring itself into in the future. First of all, both of these important stories withhold a society os oppressive social control. In Farhenheit 451, Beatty, the fire cheif, explains to Guy, “People want to be happy… Well, aren’t they?… Don’t we keep them moving, don’t we give them fun?
That’s all we live for isn’t it? For pleasure, for titillation? “(59) Beatty knows that their people are controlled by what the advertisrments tell them. No one can have their own lives, they live in a society that doensn’t let them think. Likewise, in The Island, the growing clones are taught the fake wants and sense of security, with the creator speaking to them uncontrollably, “You’re special. You have a very special purpose in life. You’ve been cosen. The Island awaits you. ” Everyone is thoughtless clones, they can be nothing but happy in their society.
If they fall out of line with their emotions, or want to have a different purpose in life, they are faced with major consicuences. The grand theme that makes a well stationed dystopian society is control. An important factor for having a pleasent and well-controlled society is futuristic technology. Better technology means more safer control. “And in her ears the little seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electric ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeeping mind. ; as Guy Montag talks about his wife’s earphones, he’s a little annoyed, since those earphones are the same thing as the very distracting parlor walls that seem to be more entertaining than himself to Mildred.
He rarely has a deep conversation with his wife, as the technology of their time has consumed her to the point to where she has no self consious thoughts. Also, Lincoln 6-Eco is annoyed with his life habbits, as he states to the creator of the insurance company, “Tuesday night is tofu night, and I’m asking myself ‘Who here decided that everyone likes tofu in the first place, and what is tofu anyway? And why can’t I have bacon? I line up every morning, and I’m not allowed any bacon for my breakfast. And – and tell me – let’s talk about all the white. Why is everyone wearing white all the time? It’s impossible to keep clean, I’m walking around, I get – I always get the gray stripe, I never get any other color, and I hand it in to be cleaned, and – and someone cleans it and folds it neatly back in my drawer, but who?
Who is that person? I don’t know. I just – I wanna know answers and I – and I wish that there was more… More than going to The Island. All of the clones that live in that facility are all watched. Their weight, actions, dress code, friendships, emotions, all is controlled by the technology of their time. Our technology of our time, though, is getting fairly close to the futuristic technology shown in Farhenheit 451 and The Island. Both of these stories show potential problems that our society can create for themselves. Farhenheit 451’s no literature didn’t just become a law, the people of that time stopped reading by themselves, as Beatty states, “What more easily explained than natural?
With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, thinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be. You always dread the unfimiliar. Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright’, did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn’t it this bright boy selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike.
Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. “(58) This quote demonstrates exactly what this decade’s society could face if they keep up the amount of laziness that has been accuring. Beatty watched what his society did to themselves over his lifetime, a lot changed, including their knowledge levels, which caused enough damage to make Beatty wish he wasn’t alive. On the other very similar hand, The Island showed the biggest amount of potential problems and connections to this decade’s society and to what may come for them in the future.
Lincoln 6-Eco, being a clone with a growing soul, says after the near face of death, “I just want to live. I don’t care how. ” Many of the people in Liclon 6-Eco’s society don’t want anything more but to live forever, and if that means making a clone of theirself for kidney transplants or any other need, they will kill to do it, even if it means killing ‘themselves’. The connections are so similar to what our society could withhold in their future. Which is not a grand thing to want for ourselves, including the fact that there has already been bans of some books because of their complex text and complicated plots and storylines.
Both of these stroies hold multiple potential problems and connections to our society; it’s time we put a stop to it before it gets worse. In conclution, Farhenheit 451, The Island are two very different but also very similar stories. They both withhold an oppressive socailly controlling society, many versions of futuristic technology, and both stories have strong connnections and similarities along with potential prolems to our society. Farhenheit 451 and The Island are both great examples of dystopian societies. Farhenheit 451 had shown what futuristic technology could bring us.
As The Island shown that people will go to extreme levels in order to stay living for as long as possible. Both had shown the oppressive social control, with Lincoln 6-Eco and his want for bacon in the mornings, also with Guy Montag and his wife’s three parlor walls. With all the dystopian stories people have written, there has to be some truth behind it, or else why would they have thought of it? Themes that can create dystopian societies need to be dodged as much as possible, because if they are not dodged, they could lead us to an unsistainable future.