Utopian societies are in changeless battle to happen flawlessness in mundane life. In Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid’s Tale. each supporter is fighting with suiting into these boundaries of flawlessness. When speculative heads emerge in a society that strives to be so pure. it can go unsafe non merely physically but besides emotionally. Although these societies strive for a utopia thought that it will let them to make flawlessness. it in fact terminals in lip service. Hypocrisy is seen in both Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid’s Tale through Captain Beatty and the power of books. the authorities taking Offred’s girl. and both societies establishing their beliefs off of fiction.
In Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty. a leader and person to whom the firemans look up to. has read and made up his ain head about books but will non let anyone else to read the books which he knows keep so much power. By denying the people to read the books that he himself has read. Beatty is the prototype of a dissembler. When talking about the books it is obvious that Beatty understands the great power these books yield. but he refuses to allow that power out. This is hypocritical because Beatty tells Montag that the books “say nil! … You can learn or believe” ( Bradbury 59 ) and yet he still believes that these books have to hold adequate power that the universe must be rid of them. Although Beatty preaches the inutility of books. he has dedicated his life to firing them all. an entree in itself that the books hold adequate power to alter the ideals of the society in which they live.
In The Handmaid’s Tale Offred is accused of being an “unfit” ( Atwood 39 ) female parent for her girl because of her yesteryear. Offred met her hubby through being his kept woman. but waited until matrimony to hold a kid. The authorities uses their matter against them. converting Offred that because the bible says that criminal conversation is a wickedness that she is non fit to be a female parent. To “make-up” for her matter and bastard kid. the authorities gives Offred a pick between being a Handmaid or an un-woman and chooses to go a servant. Her responsibilities as a Handmaid. nevertheless. are to reiterate the same wickedness that plagued her with this fate. The lip service environing this society and Offred’s function in it is that to fade out yourself of wickednesss. you must maintain reiterating them. This sort of criminal conversation is seen as righteous because this society bases their beliefs off of the Bible. which. in the narrative of Rachel and Jacob. deems an matter for the intents of kid bearing as necessary. Through leting Offred to free herself of her wickednesss by kiping with married work forces. the authorities is a lip service that uses the Bible to warrant their cause.
In both novels. each society is based off of myths that can non be proved or seen. In Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s society follows a rigorous codification of the Phoenix: it must all fire to ashes before it can be reborn once more. Taking this literally. the society decides that books must be the metempsychosis of the society. “burn [ ing ] all” books ( Bradbury 57 ) . The lone job with this is that the Phoenix is based off of mythology. merely bing in fiction. Bradbury’s society is endeavoring to make a new fabulous beginning. puting themselves up for catastrophe.
Similarly. in Atwood’s Utopian society. their new regulations and ordinances are based off of the Bible. a book of narratives that can non be proved as non-fiction and are more fantasy than realistic. Many of the narratives and regulations of the Bible are out dated. The society choices and chooses what regulations and commandments they want to follow. returning themselves back to a lesser clip. By establishing their societies off of myth. both Bradbury and Atwood depict work forces and adult females who are invariably influenced by lip service. They are forced to believe blindly that these myths will take them into safety and a better hereafter. Each society comes with a promise of better times. but by establishing it off of mythology they are endeavoring for flawlessness which can merely take them down the route of catastrophe.
In both Bradbury and Atwood’s Utopian societies. the authorities strives for flawlessness by altering the criterions that their people live by. Although their is revolt and oppugning in the agencies of these alterations. it is finally at the incrimination of the people of the societies themselves. In Fahrenheit 451. the “minorities” ( Bradbury 57 ) are the 1s who begin the forbiddance of the books. but because their are so many minorities. every book must travel. Likewise in The Handmaid’s Tale. the work forces of the society agree to the alterations which affect everyone. returning their society back to a clip where there was no engineering or developments. By taking the alteration of the societies. the people are the lone one’s to fault for their society’s lip service and ultimate ruin.
Atwood. Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. New York: Anchor. 1986. Print.
Bradbury. Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & A ; Schuster Paperbacks. 1951. Print.