Fahrenheit 451 The Giver, The Giver Fahrenheit 451

Smith 1
Peyton Smith
Mrs. Rohlfs
English 10
23 October 2015
Without Emotion
Emotions are the colors in our lives. They create contrast, dimension, and individuality.
In the book
 Fahrenheit 451
 by Ray Bradbury and the movie
The Giver,
dystopian societies
remove deep, authentic human emotions from their citizens. In
The Giver 
, people are given daily
injections to remove feelings, dreams, and individuality. In
 Fahrenheit 451
citizens are so
incredibly attached to technology that their personal exchanges are worthless to them. Removing
emotions is harmful to society because death becomes unimportant, relationships are
meaningless, and citizens cannot be truly happy.
In both societies, death is given little to no thought. Onc
e a person is gone, he or she is
almost immediately forgotten. In
 Fahrenheit 451
citizens go instantly from one spouse to
another, do not shed any tears for fallen friends or family, and put so little value in human life
that they try to kill each other for entertainment. While talking about her marriage, Mrs. Phelps
says “‘...I always said, no tears, nothing like that. It’s our third marriage each and we’re
independant’” (Bradbury 91). This suggests that she had little affection towards her significant
others and that their deaths were meaningless to her. In
The Giver 
, people had no concept of
what death was and what it meant. When elders retired, young adults quit their jobs, people
showed individuality, or children were seen as too weak, they were “sent to elsewhere.” This is a