Compare and Contrast F451 and RP1

 Review the prompt below, and brainstorm, outline, and write a compare and contrast essay. There is no page requirement, as long as you respond to the prompt thoroughly and thoughtfully. Please refer to your copy of F451, RP1, and your notes. Make sure to use MLA format throughout, including parenthetical citations, and a Works Cited page. Your essay, as always, should: Provide an introductory paragraph with a hook that presents both works and concludes with a thesis statement. Develop each support in a body paragraph that offers textual evidence (quotes and/or paraphrases) and your own analysis of the issue. Provide a conclusion summarizing your main points and leaving a closing thought. Don’t forget to proofread for grammar errors, and give your essay a title when done. If you have questions, please ask. The final draft will be due our last day of class, Tuesday 12/15. As this is our final day, no late work will be accepted. PROMPT: Though written more than fifty years apart, Fahrenheit 451 and Ready Player One are both noteworthy examples of speculative fiction. How do their visions of the future differ and align? Is one more hopeful than the other, or do they both express similar anxieties about the effects of technology? How have Bradbury’s predictions of the future held up, and how to do you think Ernest Cline’s vision will fare? How does thinking about the future allow us to explore meaning in our own lives today?


Fahrenheit 451 refers to a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953.
The novel illustrates a future where books are outlawed and burned when firemen find any in
American society (Bradbury, 1). On the other hand, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline
based on a 2044 dystopian world, following a character identified as Wade Watts on his
exploration journey for an Easer egg. Nonetheless, an essential real game enables him to take
over and gain wealth in a world tanked up by an energy crisis (Cline, 1). Though written at
different times, the two novels give an overview of what the world would like if individuals
continue to give in to technology. This report compares and contrasts the content in Fahrenheit
451 and Ready Player One.
Both Bradbury and Cline tell fictional stories depicting a future where the world is taken
over by technology with individuals engaging more in virtual reality rather than the real world.
Fahrenheit 451 represents a world where individuals put more of their time watching television
shows rather than reading real books. According to Bradbury (1), individuals view books as
something outdated and which should not even exist. Similarly, Cline depicts a world where
individuals engage more with fictional or virtual worlds rather than the real world (Cline, 1). The
two books show the implications of technology to different societies based on the changes that
are taking place in the real world. To an extent, Bradbury’s predictions have come true as many

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people today do not read physical books, and Cline’s vision is more likely to come true with the
continuous development of virtual games and realities. Seeing how the world is changing with
time and will continue to change in the future, it is crucial to pay more attention to what is
happening around us today and spend more time with our families.
As portrayed by Bradbury and Cline in their novels, the world is changing and will
continue to change as technology advances and take root in every aspect of society.
Nevertheless, what was found as an addiction to be frustrated with in Fahrenheits 451, it is just
another level of removal from reality which is completely acceptable in the world portrayed in
Ready Player One. Conclusively, the life portrayed by Bradbury has come true and what is
depicted by Cline is more likely to happen a few decades from now, as the world changes and
technology continues to advance.

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Work cited

Bradbury, Ray. "Fahrenheit 451 (New York: Ballantine, 1981)." Originally published in (1953).
Cline, Ernest. "Ready Player One: A Novel." Broadway Books (2012).