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Fahrenheit 451 Vs. Good Night, and Good Luck

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Fahrenheit 451 Vs. Good Night, and Good Luck

Fahrenheit 451 vs. Good Night, and Good Luck

I have recently read Fahrenheit 451 and watched the movie Good Night, and Good Luck. Fahrenheit 451 was a very interesting book talking about the future. The movie Good Night, and Good Luck was about broadcasting and communism. I’m going to talk about Fahrenheit 451, Good Night, and Good Luck, and the similarities between them.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a thought of an insight into what our future may become. Everything revolves around technology. The events in Fahrenheit 451 are seen through the eyes of the main character, a fireman named Guy Montag. This novel illustrates that happiness and complete ignorance are not the same thing. This novel is set in the future where books are burned because they are believed to be the world’s sole source of unhappiness. Montag experiences internal and external conflicts in his search for his identity. Montag feels that everything has no meaning, his life, wife, and job. He realizes this when he meets up with a neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, the one that opens his mind to the world. He then feels confused and frustrated and begins to question the government’s philosophy of rule. To understand and define his identity, he begins to read books even though it’s against the law. Montag’s boss, Beatty, finds out he has been reading and burns his house to the ground. Montag then burns captain Beatty and the search is out for Montag. The “Mechanical Hound” is out to search for him, but Montag gets away without the hound finding him. At the end of the novel, bombs are dropped and destroys the entire city. Montag finds himself without a wife and home, traveling with a walking camp, and memorizing books until the day the world rediscovers them.

Good Night, and Good Luck, is an Academy Award nominated 2005 film directed by George Clooney. It takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950’s America. It records the real life conflict between television newsman Edward Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Sub-committee on Investigations. Murrow and the other staff have a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public on McCarthy’s abuses of power. A very public feud

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