Can you see any similarities or differences in how Beatty and Faber describe the way this dystopian society developed?

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main difference in the description given by Beatty and Faber of the evolution of their society is that Beatty's description of the evolution shows it to have occurred through a desire to feel happy and Faber's description shows it to have occurred from laziness.  Beatty explains to Guy in Part I that people wanted information quickly and efficiently. He says people wanted to be happy and to have fun.  For this reason, literature was shortened and condensed until it lost all quality and flavor making it boring.  Once boring, no one wanted to read it.  He also says that people didn't want to be made unhappy by being exposed to anything that might be considered offensive, or politically incorrect, so anything that fit the description was done away with.  Ultimately, anything that made people think and evaluate was removed so that people were free to have mindless fun.  Faber's description in Part II is simpler.  He says that the television does people's thinking for them.  He says that it tells people quickly and efficiently what to think and rather than take the time to evaluate or find out more, people take it at face value. It's easier than thinking or researching the truth for oneself.  He goes on to say that people want the easy answer and the quick fix. They don't want to see the ugly underside to their world; they want the glossy surface and no more.  The television and their society gives them that.  Beatty tells Guy that the society became what it did because it was for the good of the people.  Faber says society became what it did because people got too lazy.

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