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Eventually all the alienated characters come before some prophesizing hand of the government who is ready to rationalize the right and duty of the government to posses such control over its people. In 1984 this is during the torture of Winston for his crime of not loving Big Brother. Orwell then reveals the horrors of an advanced dystopia through O'Brien such as the death of the individual: "Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind... only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal." (1984, p261) As well he goes into great depth as to the advancement of the parties' strategy against its enemies: "We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them." (1984, p265)
Beatty, the fire chief in Fahrenheit 451 discovers Montag's affinity for books. As a result, he explains that books were made illegal because they always offend somebody. The new society, as he explains, allows all people, rich and poor, stupid and smart to "get a sense of motion without moving." (F451, p56) In this sense, the diversion of otherwise competent people into useless tasks and past times is the particular concern and fear of the author.
The authors therefore saw the 'utopian' societies to be a trap for weak minded publics, and that once in place, such systems would be able to perpetuate indefinitely due to the efficiency at which they protect and propagate themselves. Through fear, diversion and sedation the utopia can maintain a strong grip on the people it encompasses before anyone realizes the sacrifices made. The popularity of these books does rule out the possibility of such a society coming into existence in the future, however. The state of people is not about to change, and their ignorance will continue regardless of the harshness of the wake up calls issued.