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Ray Bradbury's Faherheit 451 and George Orwell's 1984 encompass a very similar central theme leaving no doubt that your own thoughts will be burned into conformity, war will exist for the sake of power, what you know as right will be wrong, and death will come to all who invoke their own intelligence. Understanding that both of these books were written within four years of each other gives insight into the fears associated with the world during the cold war. The questions on the minds of most people in the early 50s were probably, do I fear the bomb of annihilation or do I fear living in a communist world that is unrecognizable to all humane ways of life. The fear of the communist government must have been on the minds of both authors as they incorporated a totalitarian government throughout their novels. The dark cloud of despair and discouragement is also filtered in their choice of a dystopian fictional pieces. It is certain at the conclusion of both novels that if hope were a commodity it would have been the most valuable asset to possess throughout both settings.
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