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Several conflicting frames of mind have played defining roles in shaping humanity throughout the twentieth century Vision of a bright future held by humanity was taken advantage of by the promise of a better life through sacrifice of individuality to the state In the novels 1984 by George Orwell and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury clear opposition to these subtle barriers was voiced These books established the atmosphere and seductiveness of utopia and fear of the consequences of acting in the non-prescribed way through character development A single character is alienated because of his inability to conform The characters struggle to hide this fact from the states relentless supervision This struggle leads them to eventual conflict with some hand of the state which serves as the authors voice presenting the reader with the absurdity of the principles on which the society is based The similar fear of the states abuse of power and technology at the expense of human individuality present within these novels speaks to the relevance of these novels within their historical context and their usefulness for awakening people to the horrendous consequences of their ignorance In these novels the main characters are or become unable to conform to the societys standards These characters represent the authors view of the utopia as they see it with the veil of ignorance removed In 1984 we start out with a character Winston who is constantly observing the ironies of the world about him Through his job at the ministry of truth he becomes a hand of the state creating fiction to support its endeavors Comrade Ogilvy unimagined an hour ago was now a fact he would exist just as authentically as Charlemagne and Julius Caesar 1984 54 As the book progresses he becomes more aware of his individuality and eventually is unable to hide it Similarly in Fahrenheit 451 Montag becomes aware of problems with his society but not logically - emotionally He
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