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Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Comparison To The Matrix

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Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 speculates on a future society in which there is no real knowledge, just a façade of lies because there are no testaments of truth, books. This book shares a plot much like that of the Warner Brothers' blockbuster, Matrix, in which the human race is kept in the shadow of the truth by being put into a virtual reality. In both stories a destroyed civilization is being suppressed by an evil leader. Also, in both of these works have an average man rise from the ashes of his previous life and become instruments in the changing of the way life is. Of course, no story would be complete without the tenacious leaders who push the chosen ones to become what they are. Morpheus is the leader of the light, as is Faber, Beatty is the evil which replicates himself onto others to keep them in ignorance, just like Agent Smith physically replicates himself. And the powerless which becomes powerful, the one, Neo is the mirror of Montag, the fireman.
To begin our examination on the similarities of the two works, Faber is the inspiration behind Morpheus. They are like mirrors. These two men are veterans of the struggle between light and dark. Faber lives in his hole of a home, remembering what life used to be like and yet does nothing to stop the change. Morpheus says, ? It is this feeling that has brought you to me.? That quote is almost mirrored in reverse by Montag telling Faber, ? We have everything we need to be happy. Something?s missing.? The matrix was created to make everyone happy in the beginning, yet it failed. People would not accept being happy. The books that Faber protects and tries to explain to Montag release him from his internal imprisonment of lies, just as Morpheus releases the chosen few from their prison in the Matrix, the false reality. Another example of how Morpheus and Neo are mirrors is that both prepare his ?one? with equipment to combat the lack of knowledge in the population. ?He picked up something no larger than a .22 bullet,? says Montag when Faber is giving Montag an earpiece to let Faber help him in whatever situation he may be in and to coach him through the process of his mission against the ignorance. Morpheus also combats their dark forces by uploading cool new programs to enhance his strengths. For example, Morpheus tells tank to upload fighting programs to Neo and Neo responds, ?I know kung-fu!?
To illustrate another comparison of characters, Beatty, a chief of the fire station and promoter of the saying ?Ignorance is bliss,? is responsible for getting rid of knowledge and replicating his own ignorance onto others. Agent Smith does exactly the same action, replication, yet his action is literal. Beatty, the destroyer of knowledge and of enlightenment is totally and completely the same as Agent Smith in Matrix. Beatty knows the truth, what most do not know, about life, and what?s in books. Beatty talks up a storm to those in the dark and essentially turns others into a living copy of him....

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