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For centuries 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 to be like at some future time Though most of this insight was good a select group of authors have tried to give readers a more realistic interpretation of the direction mankind is heading toward One such author Ray Bradbury utilized this concept in his modern classic 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 continues on its present route He turns mans best friend the dog against man changes the role of public servants and changes the value of a person 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 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 due to some uncontrollable events his discovery proceeds much more rapidly than it would have He is forced out on his
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