Rage against the Machine - Controlling Systems as the enemy
Rage against the Machine - Controlling Systems as the enemy

Fahrenheit 451 vs The Matrix

Both stories describe a controlling system as the “enemy” in the Matrix and in Fahrenheit 451

The controlling system called the enemy in Fahrenheit 451 is the Government, the controlling system called the enemy in The Matrix is a Computer Cyber System, in which they both control society by keeping them in ignorance of the truth, therefore, living in a lie without a care for the happiness of civilization.


The various ways that the book and the film are similar is that both main characters Guy Montag and Neo Anderson were average people living in a false life, they both were the outlet and the saviors/chosen as well as the rebels of a story meant to enlighten people of their ignorance. Guy Montag and Neo Anderson both put their lives at risk by fleeing from previous life to save the world. Guy Montag and Neo Anderson both question themselves as if they are making the right decision and consequences that come with it. Both, the book and the movie are controlled by government. The book and the movie both have villains that are controlling peoples way of living, controlling society by monitoring every step, every thought, everything they watch and hear. In both, movie and book the government impose rules that society won’t dare to challenge or question.


The deviations between the book and the film were the Guy Montag enjoyed what he did for living “Fireman” made him feel powerful, he deeply enjoyed his job, he love seeing books getting burn, love the smell of fire and kerosene, he compares the fire burning book to fireworks. In this story “Fireman” don't put out fires but starts them. Guy Montag is the villain sent to destroyed books until he meets Clarisse. Guy Montag meets Clarisse and starts questioning his relationship with his wife Linda and rules in which society is imposed to maintain ignorant of any books or literature.

In The Matrix, Neo Anderson was an average guy and a hacker as it is assumed in the movie, working a regular job and did not seem to feel happy or comfortable, and it is why he was searching for answers. Neo is finding himself targeted by police, thats when Morpheus contacts him and reveals to Neo the real world by attaching a sort of cable to his head to be able to see the cyber programing world “The Matrix” were people live in a lie.

‘Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.’


The film makers of The Matrix written by The Wachowski Brothers have reference to many literary work and concepts from mythology, religion, and philosophy. The theme is an allegory for a heavy commercialized media driven society specially in advanced countries with a cultural osmosis.

The book of Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury have reference to the Bible as to life and death, ignorance and knowledge, censorship advocating the men should think for themselves and not let the government decide their thinking.

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” -Carl Sagan 


The Matrix was the first film to produce the most amazing and spectacular effects of men versus machines/computers when they were fairly new in society, the deep philosophy leaves spectators questioning the reality we live in.

The Fahrenheit 451 was the first book to advocate against government control over people, in which people identify themselves fighting successfully for the independence of identity.


As we see in our world today things are not always what they seem to be. Media changes peoples ideas, in many instances by feeding unreal realities. Government had invested millions in mind control technologies. Every mean of communication is being monitored by the government, we are constantly watched. In conclusion, after reading Fahrenheit 452 and watching the movie The Matrix, we can relate to both, the movie and the book, as a modern society where we are blindly controlled, weather through social media or government officials.

The Truth About The World

The Blue Pill world is based almost completely on mythmaking and lies designed to keep the average man “on course” for the human farmers who manage him. Whether it be little lies or big lies, almost everything a man hears from the Establishment is a falsehood intended to make him behave in a way that’s profitable for those promulgating the lie, while at the same time inflicting often enormous personal and psychological costs on the clueless men who do not question their masters.

The Blue Pill world is best defined by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:

Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the mythmaker to keep ordinary person on course.

Regular articles elucidating the lies, lies, lies the Anglo-American Matrix uses to keep men “in their place” as human batteries powering a gynocentric, materialistic consumer waste machine are the other half of our endeavor.


Haley McAveney and  The New Modern Man

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Posted on May 7, 2015