Comparing and Contrasting Fahrenheit 451 to The Hunger Games

(I POSTED THIS BECAUSE THIS WAS MY SUMMER READING PROJECT)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about Guy Montag, a firefighter who is living in a futuristic society. In this dystopian novel, forms of self-expression through literature are almost extinct. Guy Montag’s primary job as a firefighter is to terminate books and the places that they are hidden. Being that reading was always disapproved of in society, Guy never had any doubts about the damage he was inflicting upon the future generations. His life is bland until he meets Clarisse. Clarisse helps Guy realize what he has been doing. Guy’s minds began to realize the wrongness of his actions when his wife had attempted suicide and Clarisse vanished. Guy Montag starts to hide books in his house and begins to rebel against the government.

In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen is forced to fight to the death with twenty-four other adolescents for the government’s enjoyment. When Katniss and the other teenager from her District, Peeta Mellark, are reaped to fight in The Hunger Games, the two District 12 citizens had to find a way to survive. With this in mind, Katniss had to get the public to like her despite how sickening the games were. As Katniss and Peeta embark on their journey in the games, the more they rebel against how the government wants them to live.

Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games obtain various similarities and differences. When reading both books, I had found a large number of distinct similarities. The main similarity I had found was that they were both set in futuristic dystopian worlds. Another similarity is that both books show the possible negative effects of giving a massive amount of power to the government. Both books show remarkable character development for their main characters. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy began the story burning books but ended the book by reading a book to the public and rebelling against society’s beliefs. In The Hunger Games, Katniss begins the story by participating in the reaping but in the end she threatens suicide in order to prevent a victor. A good example of katniss’s character development is the passage where she decides to take action against the Capital, ‘Yes, they have to have a victor……… “The count of three,” he says.’ (Collins, 344).

The main difference between Fahrenheit 451 and The Hunger Games was the citizens. In Fahrenheit 451, the citizens were fine with their lifestyle. However, the citizens in The Hunger Games disliked the games that killed children. Another difference is that the government in Fahrenheit 451 is a democracy and the government in The Hunger Games is extremely corrupt.

Overall, I enjoyed both books immensely. Despite their differences, both books share important messages and are worth reading. Both books set great examples to dystopian authors.

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