Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1157 Words Sep 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. once said, “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” And that is the sad truth of both Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag, a fireman, a man who burns books, undergoes certain events that make him rethink everything he thought he knew about the government’s censorship. In Harrison Bergeron, every aspect of a person is controlled by the government, all in the name of “normalcy”. The only difference between the two are that in Fahrenheit 451 books are being censored, while in Harrison Bergeron the people are being censored. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the people are weighed down by many rules and regulations, and in the end are sucked of their originality. In Fahrenheit 451, the people are governed by many rules that restrict them from being their own person. Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 says, “”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 you 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. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no…

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