The two books Fahrenheit 451 and The Book Thief although completely different genres have a common dystopian element of discouraging independent thought and knowledge through burning books, thus creating an undesirable society with a rebellious protagonist expressing the overall idea that literature and knowledge create a advanced and thriving society. Without them we become robotic or rebellious causing more of the problems we wish to solve. In Fahrenheit 451 fireman and book burner Guy Montag after meeting Clarisse realizes the problems he is helping cause. Clarisse is eye opening, she asks compromising and challenging questions ultimately causing some reevaluating in Montag’s life. On page 5 Clarisse blatantly asks Montag “have you ever thought about reading the books that you burn?” Montag quickly responds with a quick no as he knows that is illegal but it leaves him thinking. Likewise in the Book Thief Liesel is the equivalent of Clarisse, despite books being illegal in Nazi Germany she finds a way to get her hands on them. “she snatched a book from beneath a steaming pile of ashes, Liesel was a girl made of darkness.”(page 84) Instead of becoming robotic these characters rebel and inspire others by showing them what a wonderful world it be if we were allowed the knowledge available to us. Not only do the books show us the importance of knowledge and imagination through Clarisse and Liesel, but the creation of chaos because of the deprivation of them. Fahrenheit 451 page 6 reads “burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes”. Any society with this as their slogan is obviously dark and distraught, the quote only confirms the idea that removing access to knowledge causes chaos and downfall. Similarly the Book Thief reads “Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.”(page 84) Meaning all was fine but slowly the Nazi’s began taking away what kept their minds from wandering to the war. Their book and access to knowledge are what kept them sane so it was only a matter of time before they were in complete misery. Overall both novels do a great job of expressing the main idea from different sides and angles creating a dynamic society.