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For more than half a century science fiction writers have thrilled and
challenged readers with visions of the future and future worlds. These
authors offered an insight into what they expected man, society, and life
One such author, Ray Bradbury, utilized this concept in his work,
Fahrenheit 451, a futuristic look at a man and his role in society.

Bradbury utilizes the luxuries of life in America today, in addition to
various occupations and technological advances, to show what life could be
like if the future takes a drastic turn for the worse. He turns man’s best
friend, the dog, against man, changes the role of public servants and
Aldous Huxley also uses the concept of society out of control in his
science fiction novel Brave New World. Written late in his career, Brave
New World also deals with man in a changed society. Huxley asks his
readers to look at the role of science and literature in the future world,
scared that it may be rendered useless and discarded. Unlike Bradbury,
Huxley includes in his book a group of people unaffected by the changes in
society, a group that still has religious beliefs and marriage, things no
longer part of the changed society, to compare and contrast today’s culture
with his proposed futuristic culture.

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But one theme that both Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 use in
common is the theme of individual discovery by refusing to accept a passive
approach to life, and refusing to conform. In addition, the refusal of
various methods of escape from reality is shown to be a path to discovery.

In Brave New World, the main characters of Bernard Marx and the “Savage”
boy John both come to realize the faults with their own cultures. In
Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag begins to discover that things could be better in
his society but, sue to some uncontrollable events, his discover happens
much faster than it would have. He is forced out on his own, away from
society, to live with others like himself who think differently that the
Marx, from the civilized culture, seriously questions the lack of
history that his society has. He also wonders as to the lack of books,
banned because they were old and did not encourage the new culture. By
visiting a reservation, home of an “uncivilized” culture of savages, he is
able to see first hand something of what life and society use to be like.

Afterwards he returns and attempts to incorporate some of what he saw into
his work as an advertising agent. As a result with this contrast with the
other culture, Marx discovers more about himself as well. He is able to
see more clearly the things that had always set him on edge: the
promiscuity, the domination of the government and the lifelessness in which
John, often referred to as “the Savage” because he was able to leave
the reservation with Marx to go to London to live with him, also has a hard
time adjusting to the drastic changes. The son of two members of the
modern society but born and raised on the reservation, John learned from
his mother the values and the customs of the “civilized” world while living
in a culture that had much different values and practices. Though his
mother talked of the promiscuity that she had practiced before she was left
on the reservation (she was accidentally left there while on vacation, much
as Marx was) and did still practice it, John was raised, thanks to the
people around him, with the belief that these actions were wrong. Seeing
his mother act in a manner that obviously reflected different values
greatly affected and hurt John, especially when he returned with Marx to
London. John loved his mother, but he, a hybrid of the two cultures, was
These concepts, human reaction to changes in their culture and
questioning of these changes, are evident throughout the book. Huxley’s
characters either conform to society’s demands for uniformity or rebel and
begin a process of discovery; there are no people in the middle. By doing
so, Huxley makes his own views of man and society evident. He shows that
those who conform to the “brave new world” become less human, but those who
actively question the new values of society discover truth about the
society, about themselves, and about people in general. An example of this
is Huxley’s views of drugs as an escape. The conforming members of society
used widely a drug called soma, which induces hallucinations and escapes
from the conscious world for two to eight hour periods. Those very few who
didn’t, John included, mainly did not because they thought the drug either
unclean or an easy escape, one not needed in a society aiming at making
life very simple. By refusing to “go along” in this escape from reality,
John is ultimately able to break from society and define his own destiny.

In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag, the main character, is able to see
through the government and the official policies of his society. He does
so by gradually beginning to question certain aspect of society which most
simply accept as fact. Montag’s job as a fireman serves as a setting to
show how many people passively accept the absurdity of their society.

Instead of rushing to put out fires, as firemen today do, Montag rushes to
start fires, burning the books and homes of people reported to have books.

This was considered by most people to be a respectable profession. But on
different occasions Montag took a book out of burning homes and would from
time to time read them. From this, he begins to to question the values of
Montag’s marriage also serves a setting to contrast passive acceptance
versus questioning of society’s values. His marriage is not the happy kind
that couples today experience but more like a coexistence. He and his wife
live together and he supports her, though he apparently neither loves her a
great deal or expects her to love him.

This relationship and living arrangement, with its lack of love, is
Bradbury’s way of showing what life could be like if people not only stop
communicating but stop thinking and choosing, thus loosing control over
their lives. Montag and his wife continue to live together though people
in that situation today would not hesitate to terminate such a
relationship. Montag’s wife apparently accepts this relationship because
it is normal for the society in which she lives. (Wolfheim)
Like Brave New World characters escaping from reality through the use
of soma, Montag’s wife, and many other characters, escape through watching
a sophisticated form of television. This television system covers three of
the walls of the Montag’s TV room (they can’t afford to buy the screen to
cover the fourth wall), has a control unit that allows the watchers to
interact with the characters on the program and another unit that inserts
Mrs. Montag’s name into specific places, thus creating the image they the
characters are actually conversing with them. Montag’s wife, having only a
few friends and ones she rarely sees, spends much of her day in this room,
watching a program called “The Family”, a government sponsored program that
shows the viewers what life at home should be like.

The problem with this is that Montag’s wife takes the program as a
substitute for reality. She is almost addicted to the program, much as
people were with soma in Brave New World. Bradbury uses this television
and it’s programs as a way of showing the escape he is worried people will
look for in the future. Without actively questioning society’s values, he
is concerned that people will look for ways to idly spend their time.

But like Marx, Montag chooses not to take part in this addiction. By
abstaining, he can see the affects it’s use has on the people around him,
much as Marx and more importantly John the Savage saw in their culture.

Both authors try to show that with life made easier by strong government
control and a lack of personal involvement people will no longer spend
their time thinking, questioning or developing their own ideas.
Through these various diversions from normal behavior in society, Marx,
John the Savage and Guy Montag are able to see the truths behind the
societies they live in and are able to learn about themselves. And though
their discoveries meant that their lives would be changed forever, the
authors succeeded in showing that the key to humanity lies in thinking and
questioning. These men found themselves through their own discoveries,
much as Bradbury and Huxley hope others will do.

Censorship is a variety of things from yelling fire in a crowded
theater to showing sexual intercourse on television. These things
arent all either, there are millions of things we use or see every day
that are censored for a reason. The reason can be many but the three
most important reasons are for an adult or childs wellbeing, for the
decency of our society and for privacy of each other.
All of these things are censored because our lives are influenced by these reasons
in one way or another. This will tell you that with out censorship we
would live in a world so dirty and irresponsible so indecent and
shameful that it could not exist. We pretty much ignore the growth in
violence and sexual abuse in our movies and on television. Have they
gone away? According to researchers, by the time an average child leaves high school, he
or she will have watched the happening of 18,000 murders on television. Prime time says
the National Coalition on Television Violence, is filled with degrading
sexual material and incidents, where violence is strongly glamorized or
used to excite. There have been 85 major studies of the effects of
such violence on children. Eighty-four of the eighty- five concluded
that it caused an increase in all manner of aggressive behavior, up to
and including homicide. What happened to the one study that disagreed?
Well, they were paid off by the National Broadcasting Company that just
shows how guilty they are of producing violence from television.

Another study shows that American children are having sexual
intercourse at an average age of 16. If the television was not
censored as much as it is today these things would be much worse, our
children would be sexual active at very young ages and crime rates
would shoot upward. A civilization does not rise in the strength of
its laws, however. It rises on the strength of its values. What
values are we teaching by not having censorship in our society? No its
not freedom of speech and its not freedom of the press. It is decency.

What all civilized social orders, including our own, have consistently
identified as decent, civilized behavior. The real threat to the
republic is not what might happen to rights, but what is happening to a
society grown dangerously out of touch with its own standards and
values. At the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California a 17 year old
girl was raped while more than 50 people watched, is that what our
values should be? Social orders are established, governments are
formed and laws are passed for one reason and one reason only, to
protect the people. Part of that task has to do with protecting people
against themselves, against the degrading and the uncivilized
influences that corrupt life and are every bit harmful as a blow to the
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For more than half a century science fiction writers have thrilled and
challenged readers with visions of the future and future worlds. These
authors offered an insight into what they expected man, society, and life
One such author, Ray Bradbury, utilized this concept in his work,
Fahrenheit 451, a futuristic look at a man and his role in society.

Bradbury utilizes the luxuries of life in America today, in addition to
various occupations and technological advances, to show what life could be
like if the future takes a drastic turn for the worse. He turns man’s best
friend, the dog, against man, changes the role of public servants and
Aldous Huxley also uses the concept of society out of control in his
science fiction novel Brave New World. Written late in his career, Brave
New World also deals with man in a changed society. Huxley asks his
readers to look at the role of science and literature in the future world,
scared that it may be rendered useless and discarded. Unlike Bradbury,
Huxley includes in his book a group of people unaffected by the changes in
society, a group that still has religious beliefs and marriage, things no
longer part of the changed society, to compare and contrast today’s culture
with his proposed futuristic culture.

But one theme that both Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 use in
common is the theme of individual discovery by refusing to accept a passive
approach to life, and refusing to conform. In addition, the refusal of
various methods of escape from reality is shown to be a path to discovery.

In Brave New World, the main characters of Bernard Marx and the “Savage”
boy John both come to realize the faults with their own cultures. In
Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag begins to discover that things could be better in
his society but, sue to some uncontrollable events, his discover happens
much faster than it would have. He is forced out on his own, away from
society, to live with others like himself who think differently that the
Marx, from the civilized culture, seriously questions the lack of
history that his society has. He also wonders as to the lack of books,
banned because they were old and did not encourage the new culture. By
visiting a reservation, home of an “uncivilized” culture of savages, he is
able to see first hand something of what life and society use to be like.

Afterwards he returns and attempts to incorporate some of what he saw into
his work as an advertising agent. As a result with this contrast with the
other culture, Marx discovers more about himself as well. He is able to
see more clearly the things that had always set him on edge: the
promiscuity, the domination of the government and the lifelessness in which
John, often referred to as “the Savage” because he was able to leave
the reservation with Marx to go to London to live with him, also has a hard
time adjusting to the drastic changes. The son of two members of the
modern society but born and raised on the reservation, John learned from
his mother the values and the customs of the “civilized” world while living
in a culture that had much different values and practices. Though his
mother talked of the promiscuity that she had practiced before she was left
on the reservation (she was accidentally left there while on vacation, much
as Marx was) and did still practice it, John was raised, thanks to the
people around him, with the belief that these actions were wrong. Seeing
his mother act in a manner that obviously reflected different values
greatly affected and hurt John, especially when he returned with Marx to
London. John loved his mother, but he, a hybrid of the two cultures, was
These concepts, human reaction to changes in their culture and
questioning of these changes, are evident throughout the book. Huxley’s
characters either conform to society’s demands for uniformity or rebel and
begin a process of discovery; there are no people in the middle. By doing
so, Huxley makes his own views of man and society evident. He shows that
those who conform to the “brave new world” become less human, but those who
actively question the new values of society discover truth about the
society, about themselves, and about people in general. An example of this
is Huxley’s views of drugs as an escape. The conforming members of society
used widely a drug called soma, which induces hallucinations and escapes
from the conscious world for two to eight hour periods. Those very few who
didn’t, John included, mainly did not because they thought the drug either
unclean or an easy escape, one not needed in a society aiming at making
life very simple. By refusing to “go along” in this escape from reality,
John is ultimately able to break from society and define his own destiny.

In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag, the main character, is able to see
through the government and the official policies of his society. He does
so by gradually beginning to question certain aspect of society which most
simply accept as fact. Montag’s job as a fireman serves as a setting to
show how many people passively accept the absurdity of their society.

Instead of rushing to put out fires, as firemen today do, Montag rushes to
start fires, burning the books and homes of people reported to have books.

This was considered by most people to be a respectable profession. But on
different occasions Montag took a book out of burning homes and would from
time to time read them. From this, he begins to to question the values of
Montag’s marriage also serves a setting to contrast passive acceptance
versus questioning of society’s values. His marriage is not the happy kind
that couples today experience but more like a coexistence. He and his wife
live together and he supports her, though he apparently neither loves her a
great deal or expects her to love him.

This relationship and living arrangement, with its lack of love, is
Bradbury’s way of showing what life could be like if people not only stop
communicating but stop thinking and choosing, thus loosing control over
their lives. Montag and his wife continue to live together though people
in that situation today would not hesitate to terminate such a
relationship. Montag’s wife apparently accepts this relationship because
it is normal for the society in which she lives. (Wolfheim)
Like Brave New World characters escaping from reality through the use
of soma, Montag’s wife, and many other characters, escape through watching
a sophisticated form of television. This television system covers three of
the walls of the Montag’s TV room (they can’t afford to buy the screen to
cover the fourth wall), has a control unit that allows the watchers to
interact with the characters on the program and another unit that inserts
Mrs. Montag’s name into specific places, thus creating the image they the
characters are actually conversing with them. Montag’s wife, having only a
few friends and ones she rarely sees, spends much of her day in this room,
watching a program called “The Family”, a government sponsored program that
shows the viewers what life at home should be like.

The problem with this is that Montag’s wife takes the program as a
substitute for reality. She is almost addicted to the program, much as
people were with soma in Brave New World. Bradbury uses this television
and it’s programs as a way of showing the escape he is worried people will
look for in the future. Without actively questioning society’s values, he
is concerned that people will look for ways to idly spend their time.

But like Marx, Montag chooses not to take part in this addiction. By
abstaining, he can see the affects it’s use has on the people around him,
much as Marx and more importantly John the Savage saw in their culture.

Both authors try to show that with life made easier by strong government
control and a lack of personal involvement people will no longer spend
their time thinking, questioning or developing their own ideas.
Through these various diversions from normal behavior in society, Marx,
John the Savage and Guy Montag are able to see the truths behind the
societies they live in and are able to learn about themselves. And though
their discoveries meant that their lives would be changed forever, the
authors succeeded in showing that the key to humanity lies in thinking and
questioning. These men found themselves through their own discoveries,
much as Bradbury and Huxley hope others will do.

Censorship is a variety of things from yelling fire in a crowded
theater to showing sexual intercourse on television. These things
arent all either, there are millions of things we use or see every day
that are censored for a reason. The reason can be many but the three
most important reasons are for an adult or childs wellbeing, for the
decency of our society and for privacy of each other.
All of these things are censored because our lives are influenced by these reasons
in one way or another. This will tell you that with out censorship we
would live in a world so dirty and irresponsible so indecent and
shameful that it could not exist. We pretty much ignore the growth in
violence and sexual abuse in our movies and on television. Have they
gone away? According to researchers, by the time an average child leaves high school, he
or she will have watched the happening of 18,000 murders on television. Prime time says
the National Coalition on Television Violence, is filled with degrading
sexual material and incidents, where violence is strongly glamorized or
used to excite. There have been 85 major studies of the effects of
such violence on children. Eighty-four of the eighty- five concluded
that it caused an increase in all manner of aggressive behavior, up to
and including homicide. What happened to the one study that disagreed?
Well, they were paid off by the National Broadcasting Company that just
shows how guilty they are of producing violence from television.

Another study shows that American children are having sexual
intercourse at an average age of 16. If the television was not
censored as much as it is today these things would be much worse, our
children would be sexual active at very young ages and crime rates
would shoot upward. A civilization does not rise in the strength of
its laws, however. It rises on the strength of its values. What
values are we teaching by not having censorship in our society? No its
not freedom of speech and its not freedom of the press. It is decency.

What all civilized social orders, including our own, have consistently
identified as decent, civilized behavior. The real threat to the
republic is not what might happen to rights, but what is happening to a
society grown dangerously out of touch with its own standards and
values. At the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California a 17 year old
girl was raped while more than 50 people watched, is that what our
values should be? Social orders are established, governments are
formed and laws are passed for one reason and one reason only, to
protect the people. Part of that task has to do with protecting people
against themselves, against the degrading and the uncivilized
influences that corrupt life and are every bit harmful as a blow to the
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