‘You’re Moving Out To The Island.’

The novel Fahrenheit 451 and the film The Island contain some similar themes of a dystopic setting such as control, oppression, and rebellion, but revolve around a very different plot line. A major similarity would be that they both relate to the advancing of technology, 451 focusing on the television and radio, while The Island focuses on genetics and human cloning. Both of these stories seem to portray a world with a false sense of perfection, or a false Utopia. The prevention of reading a literature keeps people under the illusion of happiness, but at the cost of true intelligence and thought. People appear happier, and believe that they are. In The Island the creation of clones is used for the purpose of harvesting organs should the original need a transplant to stay alive. This would eliminate the need to find the perfect match from an organ donor, but it still costs the life of the clone. The clones themselves live in a simplistic facility under the lie that the rest of the world is contaminated, and they keep hope that one day they’ll be sent to ‘the island’ the only place left that has not been contaminated. It is likely that in this future people, and specifically corporations, have stopped questioning morals. This is similar to Fahrenheit 451 where the society remains unaware of the war taking place elsewhere. People do not think about those who are fighting in it, and seemly do not care should someone they know die in the war. “He said, if I get killed off, you just go right ahead and don’t cry, but get married again, and don’t think of me.” (Bradbury 95) Through the government control, people of lost their sense of morals, whereas the corporation that has become the general focus of control in The Island. The strength that businesses and corporations possess in the film is evident in many places, so is the loss of ethical thinking. Their ‘product’ is a benefit to people, and even the president has had a clone made. But those who have paid for the creation of a clone as an insurance policy are not aware of the reality of the facility, and that the clones are really alive. The film also contains excessive placement of various businesses and product creating an emphasis of the prominent role of the corporation. Fahrenheit 451, though not as obvious also contains the same theme of control through businesses, relating to society’s focus around technology but the main focus of control is around the government and their actions and decisions.
-Sarah

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~ by sarahswe on June 13, 2010.

4 Responses to “‘You’re Moving Out To The Island.’”

  1. I found the correlation betwen education and curiosity in both very interesting. I relaized that in “The Island”, the only real fear that existed was the questioning that followed curiosity when specific things took plce However, all the clones were taught in the same manner, and were taught the same things as well. However, in “Fahrenheit 451”, all the answers seemed to be answered by the television (for most of the society), therefore they government was able to avoid having to answer any questions, and those they were expected to answer were destroyed (the books).

    • I definitely agree with what you’re saying. Since answers are not provided to the clones, or the people in Fahrenheit 451, this would give the corporation(The Island) and the government(Fahrenheit 451) more control over the clones and people in society respectively.

  2. I was rather interested in your comment about an overabundance of product placement in the film – a satirical comment about corporate control in our present world?

    • I did think while watching the film that the product placement could be a satirical comment relating to the control possessed by corporations, and how this control and power is continually increasing. Even the main characters in The Island are products owned by a business, one that has gained control over the creation of life itself.

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