Imagine not being able to be yourself read books or make decisions on your own this was normalized for Montag and Tally until they met the people that would change their perspective on everything In Uglies all sixteen year old children are required to have cosmetic surgery that will make them pretty Tally Youngblood can t wait to become pretty but then she meets Shay who wants to remain ugly her perception changes You can relate this to Fahrenheit 451 due to Montag not knowing any better and destroying books Not until Montag meets Clarisse does he start to realize that there s more to life than screens Westerfield and Bradbury show in these novels that you can t realize how ignorant you are until someone makes you question yourself and wonder if you are good enough Montag and Tally both let the government influence themselves on what they should be Montag let the government control his mind by not being able to read books and obtain knowledge While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame Bradbury 1 Montag as a firefighter and burning books brings him joy but not the joy that we feel just less empty than he usually does
On the contrast in The Uglies the government wants everybody to undergo surgery to become pretty Tally really wants to go through the surgery to be pretty so she can be in New Pretty Town with her best friend Peris There was a certain kind of beauty a prettiness that everyone could see Big eyes and full lips like a kid s smooth clear skin symmetrical features and a thousand other little clues Somewhere in the backs of their minds people were always looking for these markers No one could help seeing them no matter how they were brought up A million years of evolution had made it part of the human brain Westerfield 16 Tally knows that no matter how many surgeries she has people will still see tiny things that make her ugly Montag and Tally are both unaware on how fatal they re ignorance is until they meet Clarisse and Shay On the contrast Montag and Tally both had people try to criticize and belittle their character Montag was a firefighter with a wife Mildred at home he lived what they would consider a happy life but montag was not happy Mildred believed in screens and pain pills her and Montag had no connection but on the other hand Clarisse introduced him into the idea that knowledge is not evil Clarisse didn t directly point it out but made him realize how wrong this society is Meanwhile Tally is getting thrown out of buildings and pulling fire alarms just to see her friend
Tally finds Shay and feels like she cannot betray her so she starts to stay with Shay in the Smoke and actually enjoys it Now Tally is the one wanting to stay with the smoke and remain ugly When she s hiding with the Smokes she finally realizes whether she is ugly or pretty she will be the same person and finally gets the surgery In the end they both discover that it doesn t matter what others want you to be ultimately you will know when you find joy By writing Fahrenheit 451 and The Uglies Bradbury and Westerfield show what could happen if we do not focus on ourselves They both try to instill the theme of happiness with knowledge with Bradbury he focused on gaining that knowledge through books and learning while Westerfield more so focused on being happy and confident with who you are In conclusion Bradbury and Westerfield are saying to learn what makes you happy and do not let people take that away
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