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Misconceptions In Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, And In The Article, The Nazi Origins Of The Olympic Torch Relay

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Misconceptions always pose consequences in life. Misconceptions can do good, but more often they fuel racism, anger, or mistrust. This is no different in stories. Many authors use misconceptions to move the plot along. Ray Bradbury in his novel Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell, in Animal Farm, and Max Fisher in his article, “The Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay” use misconceptions to control the general populace.
Few books exemplify the consequences of misconceptions more than Farenheit 451. The book speaks of a world in which in citizens think they are living in a utopia, when in fact their world is constantly devoloving into a place where no human could ever flourish. This delusion along with the misconception that books are thing to be feared is the precise reason that the general populace is so easily controlled. The reason behind the propaganda campaign against books is so the people do not realize that their lives are unsatisfying and dull. In other words, this, misconception propagated by the governing force, fuels the illusion of a perfect world. The myth that the world is a utopia stems from the insatiable desire of humans to be happy. History has shown that when the people are unhappy, they rebel, so if the governing unit did not spread the lie that things were perfect, the people would not be content to sit around. They would question the almost constant war that plagues this society. They would question the disproportional distribution of wealth throughout the world. All these questions would have given the people controlling the government a harder job, and there would have been more checks on their power, that they did not want. Nothing exemplifies the effect that these misconceptions have on politics more than Beatty as he argues that, “If you don't want to make a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two choices, give him one, better yet , give him none.” (Bradbury, 58) The result of believing that the world is a utopia has caused the world to...

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