Books Like Fahrenheit 451

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

If you enjoyed ''Fahrenheit 451'' by Ray Bradbury, there are a plethora of other novels with similar themes of a futuristic, dystopian society where citizens have allowed government to distort their values through technological advancements.

Dystopia

What are the things that matter most to you? Family? Freedom? Faith? In a dystopian society, these things are taken away and replaced with technology that controls the citizens. Dystopian is the opposite of utopian. In a dystopian society, the views of the leaders are distorted in a way that the citizens lose sight of some important aspects of life. In this lesson, we will learn about some other novels from the science fiction genre that, like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, explore oppression of the masses.

Brave New World

In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, families have been replaced by mass production in cloning factories followed by intense conditioning through childhood. Like the characters in Fahrenheit 451, the characters in Brave New World think they are happy because they have never stopped to think what happiness really is. Each child is made-to-order and predestined to prefer the space in society that is set up for him or her, including social status and career choice. Marriage is null and void as 'everyone belongs to everyone else.' If by chance, someone starts to think too much about what is missing, there is an amazing drug called soma that helps them forget.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry is about a society that chooses Sameness over personal freedom. Like Fahrenheit 451, the government leaders choose to make their society stable by withholding choices. In a world without color or emotion, there is no conflict. The committee of elders assigns marriages, children, and jobs to its citizens. If there is someone that does not fit in or does not follow the rules, they are 'released,' or executed. However, instead of getting rid of evidence of the past completely, as is done in Fahrenheit 451, one person from the community is assigned to keep all of the memories of the past in case there is something that needs to be learned from it to make future decisions.

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