Ronald Videla's English Extended Essay (resubmitted) - English A Category 2 How is the loss of free will accomplished between the protagonists of

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English A, Category 2 How is the loss of free will accomplished between the protagonists of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 ? Word Count: 3532
Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………………………. 2 Chapter 1: Bradbury’s Dehumanization………………………. 3 1.1: Suicide in Fahrenheit 451 …………………………. 4 1.2: Plato’s Cave in Fahrenheit 451 …………………… 5 Chapter 2: Zamyatin’s Dehumanization……………….……… 6 2.1: Loss of Free Will in We ………………………...….. 7 2.2: Power & Rebellion in We ………………………….. 8 Chapter 3: Context…………………………...…………………. 9 Conclusion………………………………………………………. 12 Bibliography.…………………………………………………….. 14 1
This paper seeks to explore how characters within Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We relate, between their methods of using their worlds to disillusion their respective characters in order to strip them of free will. While Bradbury’s work hails from America, Zamyatin’s originates in Russia, and a translation has been conducted by Mirra Ginsburg to properly analyze the content of the novel. The two novels hone in on a dystopian society, created by each author to detail a manner of criticism, a warning to the future. Bradbury had written Fahrenheit 451 to detail the potential downfall of books. We was written to project Zamyatin’s concerns on the Soviet society at the time. The two, despite their contextual differences, manage to display methods in how society can lose its free will from power or disillusionment. The comparison of such two novels will reveal the authors’ intent on the matter and how they relate, as the political fiction they have written remains controversial to the societies they predicted and/or mirrored. Zamyatin’s work was banned at the time of its release in Russia in 1921, indicating high criticism of Soviet society and government. Multiple researchers have analyzed the novels, though they have done so separately and under their own individual context. Connections have been brought up with other novels, such as We compared to 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and more. This compares two books that do not necessarily seem intertwined in their characters or structure but share common themes to express different meanings. One common element they share is dehumanization, accomplished through various means. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is labeled under the same genre of “dystopia” as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We , yet relies on its ability to strip its characters of free will 2
differently. The constant themes of power and disillusionment in both texts portray such, in which the two protagonists both become involved with the themes and develop from them. The themes are accomplished via the setting, in which the world of Fahrenheit 451 burns all books in the world. Thus avoiding any controversy within its world possible

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