These two works of futuristic fiction detail a time of total government control over citizens by the use of excessive militaristic force. In analyzing both Fahrenheit 451 and Equilibrium, it is clearly evident that the method of exercising such a strong control over the population is in its methodical efforts to extinguish classic and historical literary works. Both of these alternate media interpretations take the stance that such art provokes independent thought which can invoke contrary ideology to that of the central government. The totalitarian governments both create administrative agency under the executive branch to enforce the will of the government. In Equilibrium, it is the task of the clerics to search and destroy all material uncensored and deemed as a sense offence to be in possession of and to encourage the use of these materials. In Fahrenheit 451, it is ironically the fire department which sets such literary works to flame. Another point of commonality between these works is the role of the protagonist. Both protagonist are part of these fraternal orders and described, at one time, as being among the elite in their fields of work. Each story follows these main characters on their journey of discovering the true value of these literary works and are condemned for these new found beliefs. Equilibrium concludes with the protagonist taking a stance against the totalitarian government and exposing its fraudulent and oppressive behaviors. Fahrenheit 451 takes an alternate approach with the main character, Montag, fleeing the city and becoming an outcast of the society he once held so dear. It is only when he fully escapes pursuit that he finds refuge and a glimmer of hope in similar people that have retained such vast works in their own memory where it can never be taken away.
- Adaptive Organism: John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?”, Howard Hawks’ “The Thing from Another World” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing”
- I Am Iron Man (And So Am I)
- Triad: Game of Thrones