Comparison and Contrast: Fahrenheit 451

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The novels Fahrenheit 451, The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury, and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut have a variety of similiarities and differences in their portrayals of futuristic societies. One way how Fahrenheit 451 is similar to The Pedestrian is that the main characters in both stories go through the feeling of loneliness and isolation in the society without anybody by your side. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag felt very lonely and isolated because he was unable to pursue a profession and a lifestyle he took pride in because he never received support from his wife. It wasn’t just Montag either, the society spent too much of its time inside isolated, and if you were somebody who refuses to uphold to the scheme of a “perfect” society like Montag, then you too, were alone in the society of Fahrenheit 451.

In The Pedestrian, the main character (Leonard Maze) had nobody to accompany him or make feel more than what he did in that moment of time. He was always unhappy of continuously staying inside the darkness, so he went outside for a walk by himself every evening in order to make himself feel better. Fahrenheit 451 is also similar to “Harrison Bergeron” because both societies have technology set up in a form that people utilize that is not very healthy and well for them. In “Harrison Bergeron,” the government created devices that limited people from thinking what they didn’t want them to think and made them forget anything important they were thinking about so that everybody was on the same thinking level. This prevented people from becoming better than one another because they couldn’t think deeper and beyond others. In Fahrenheit 451, the television was used as a weapon of mass destruction against the people.

The television which is also known as the parlor,

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