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Which dystopian society in the novels Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World is more oppressive?

Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 are two novels, both of which are supposed to be set in the future, which have numerous theme similarities throughout them. Of all their common factors, the ones that stand out most would have to be first, the outlawed reading of books; second, the superficial preservation of beauty and happiness; and third, the theme of the protagonist as being a loner or an outcast from society because of his differences in beliefs as opposed to the norm.

But what is your insight, is one society more oppressed than the other, how so?

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  • 7 months ago
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    Brave New World is about 600 years in the future. Fahrenheit 451 is like 1984, it's about the near future, the 'next thing'. That's more scary to me.

    Brave New World has even fake human birth and genetics. People aren't even born in the usual way, and their fate, their caste, their whole life, is decided before they're born. So humans are somewhat less human. It's a whole different idea of civilization.

    Fahrenheit 451 is about people just like us under one more increment of how things are going now. But banning books is not as scary of a thing as it once was, partly because nobody reads books anymore. Millions of books have been digitized now and they will be impossible to wipe out completely. That's not nearly as scary as your genes being manipulated before you're born to make you stupid.

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  • Sharon
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    7 months ago

    Brave New World is more openly oppressive, Fahrenheit 451 more subtle. They are about equal in their oppressiveness allowing for different degrees of being open about it

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  • Elaine
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    7 months ago

    While both societies are oppressive "Brave New World" has a class system in which some of the classes don't have any awareness of being oppressed. People are genetically engineered for their roles in society. In "Fahrenheit 451" people make the conscious decision to outlaw any book, idea which makes them feel uncomfortable. "Fahrenheit 451" is more oppressive because there is there is an awareness by the people that there is something not right in the society.

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