"The first bomb struck" (pg. 159) "The sound of it's death came after." (pg. 160)
"The world works hard while we play." (pg 74)
Individuality is not accepted
Beatty assumes Montag will not act because no one else in society does
"Well that one way to get an audience" "Hand it over, Guy" (Beatty pg 119)
Government Controls Society
"It is a pleasure to burn." (pg. 3)
Dystopian novels often start the book with the illusion of a good to perfect society. In these societies, the author starts the book with the world look like a great place to live in. Then later on the main character might start to ask questions and the society might not be as perfect as it seems. In Fahrenheit 451, the book starts out with a decent society. At the end of the book we know that it all ends with fire, destruction, and war.
The People Have No Choices
"When did we meet? And Where?" (Montag pg. 42)
"I don't know." (Mildred pg 43)
In most dystopian societies, the main character will start to question the society and learn that the society is not that great. The government in these novels do not like individuality because the main character is standing up to them and challenging them. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag is a fireman that burns books at first but a woman he meets causes him to think differently about them. This makes him question why these books are banned. (stannding up)
"Number 1: quality of information. Number 2: leisure to digest it. Number 3: the right to carry out actions." (Faber pg.84)
In most dystopian books the government has most or all of the control in the society. They choose what everyone in the society has to do for a living. They also has extremely strict rules. The biggest and most strict rule in Fahrenheit 451 is no books or you will be punished. They even make it seem like it is right. Montag is caught with books and has his house burned down. He would of had to go to jail but killed Beatty and got out of it.
Main Character Stands Up
"Maybe the books can get us halfway out of the cave." (Montag page 94)
In all dystopian books, the government controls every person. They control their whole lives such as who they marry or what job they have. They will gives you jobs based on your size and you are forced to do it whether you like it or not. In Fahrenheit 451, the people in society are married to complete strangers who have little to nothing in common. Even though some of them do not like each other, they are still forced to be with them.
In most dystopian books, there is use of criticism that usually makes fun of the real world and the people in it. This can be used to send a message to the reader or it can be used to show how bad that the current world is at something they need to fix. An example of this in Fahrenheit 451 is that the people in this society have little knowledge. They have little knowledge because they are not allowed to have books. They care little about their life.
All dystopian books have at least one thing in common. They all have a main character that stands up to the leaders or government. There are a number of ways that the protagonist tries to do this. They usually make little to no change to the society. In Fahrenheit 451 Montag stands up to the government by stealing books and reading them. When he gets caught, he stands up to Beatty by killing him.