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  • Sample Student Utopia Comparison Essay To preserve the essence of humanity, people must have freedom of expression, free will, and equality. Any attempt to create a utopia must respect, honor, and nourish these human needs; for without them the society will become a dystopia. An examination of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Giver proves that any social structure that hopes to achieve utopia must insure that the citizens have equal opportunities to have their basic needs met, opportunities to pursue personal goals and aspirations, and freedom to be unique. To preserve the essence of humanity, people must have free will so that they can do what they please as long as they do not interfere with others’ lives in ways that are inhumane. In 1984, there is no liberty, as is shown on page 89, when the main character writes, "Freedom is the Freedom to say that two plus two is four." However, because of the dystopian government, the character is later caught, and through torture, he learns to believe his government and say that two plus two is five, which is the government’s way of destroying his free will. In Fahrenheit 451, the society is built so that citizens cannot get access
  • to books that have philosophies or idea that would make people become unique, and thus hurt the structure of the society. The government’s techniques are shown well through the words of the Fire Captain Beatty, who said on page 67 of Fahrenheit 451, “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of "facts" they feel stuffed, but absolutely "brilliant" with information. They’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give they any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with.” This shows that the government was creating a dystopian utopia in the people were not given free will. In The Giver, the character’s wills were restricted because everyone was forced to be the same, thus making the citizens lack the free will to act as they pleased. To preserve the essence of humanity, people must have freedom of expression. In The Giver people were not allowed to change their schedules and express themselves. This concept is best shown in the following quote on page 48 of The Giver, "How could someone not fit it? The community was so meticulously ordered, the choices so carefully made." Everyone took part in the community, but
  • nobody was allowed to express themselves differently, which made the society a dystopia. In 1984, the government called expressions that were not supportive of their government and social structure “thoughtcrime”, which was a crime of thought that was not allowed. Since thinking is an important part of expressing oneself, the system in 1984 showed how a society could not be a utopia because of the lack of personal expression. Fahrenheit 451 did not strictly disallow expression, however, it lacked freedom of expression, as the people were "dumbed down" by the lack of books and the society’s system. To preserve the essence of humanity, people must also have equality. Equality is necessary so that everyone can be unique and different, as well as have equal rights so that they can help each other and not dominate so that a utopian society may stay utopian. If one did not have freedom, the society would not be a utopia because of the inflexibility. In 1984, The Giver, and Fahrenheit 451, the people had forms of restricted freedom in that they could not do as they please without criticism or punishment from the government. For example, in 1984, the citizens were tracked, and the main character was caught and tortured for not following his strict schedule and thinking outside of the very, very, small box that the government gave him to think in. In Fahrenheit 451 people were equal, but many
  • people did not have equal rights because the government planned to weed out the people who thought differently. The Giver also had a distorted form of equality because people were not allowed to be free unless they were in very high up positions in the government, and the normal people could only do certain things. To make utopia possible and to preserve the essence of humanity, equality, freedom of expression, and free will must be preserved so that people may stay human and possess uniqueness.