The Matrix and Fahrenheit 451 Comparison
?1. The characters of Neo and Montag break away from the common society, come to terms with themselves, and strive to create an ideal world. 2. Breaking from normal society through one’s own will a. Neo is rescued from the Matrix by Morpheus i. It was Neo’s own decision to take the red pill. ii. Demonstrates desire to know the truth about world. b. Montag admits he is unhappy in life and turns to books for knowledge. i. It was Montag’s own curiosity and internal dissatisfaction with his current state.
ii. He is thus able to turn against society to support his own ideals. c. Having decided upon themselves to defect from the world of the common man, Neo and Montag enter a struggle to find their inner selves. 3. Finding the true meaning of their existences. a. Given the expectations of being “the one”, Neo struggles to discover his real purpose. i. The Oracle tells Neo the aphorism “Know thyself”, informing Neo that he cannot become “the one” without accepting the fact that he is “the one”.
ii. When Morpheus is captured by the agents, Neo decides to rescue him, simply because he believes he can. iii. This demonstrates Neo’s acceptance that he is the “the one” and his firm will in discovering what he was meant for, further demonstrated when he is temporarily able to match the speed of the agents. iv. These incredible feats, including the overcoming of death, clearly show Neo’s compliance with his destiny, resulting in his ability to see and manipulate codes within the Matrix. b.
Similarly, Montag overcomes his confusion of identity through the steadfast faith in his beliefs. i. In the beginning of the story, Montag is easily influenced by people close to him, causing an internal conflict between the desire to be normal and the desire to be true to himself. ii. With the help of Faber, Montag realizes the injustice of authority controlling society and takes it upon himself to defeat them, as seen with his plan of storing books inside the houses of firemen. iii. In the end, he joins the intellectuals, deciding that he will work towards a better world.
iv. At this point, he no longer has any confusion about himself and firmly believes in reforming society. c. In discovering their paths, Neo and Montag strive to make their world a better place. 4. Understanding their purpose in life, Neo and Montag work to defeat the oppressive authority and to bring the ignorant people of society to the truth. a. Neo fights against the machines controlling the Matrix to save his friends and the people trapped within the Matrix. i. Neo sacrifices himself to save Morpheus from the agents.
ii. This bravery and self-sacrifice, which are common of a heroic character, result in his revival and gaining of superhuman abilities. iii. Using these abilities, he overwhelms the opponent that had killed him before, demonstrating that he has truly become “the one”. iv. By the end of the story, Neo joins his comrades in their mission to free everyone in the Matrix, fulfilling his role as a savior. b. In the same way, Montag takes his stand against the firemen, whom he feels are unjust for limiting people’s freedom. i.
After having his books discovered, Montag turns against the firemen, incinerating Captain Beatty. ii. In doing so, he had declared his rejection of and defiance against that society. iii. Having decided his goal, Montag joins the intellectuals in their quest to change their world to the way they see fit. iv. After the bomb destroys the city, he and the intellectuals decide to rebuild society so that the mistakes of the past could be avoided. c. With their identities discovered and goals determined, Neo and Montag complete their journey as heroes. 5. Conclusion