Fahrenheit 451 Theme Essay

1517 Words7 Pages
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a uniquely shocking and provocative novel about a dystopian society set in a future where reading is outlawed, thinking is considered a sin, technology is at its prime, and human interaction is scarce. Through his main protagonist, Guy Montag, Bradbury brings attention to the dangers of a controlled society, and the problems that can arise from censorship. As a fireman, it is Guy's job to destroy books, and start fires rather than put them out. After meeting a series of unusual characters, a spark is ignited in Montag and he develops a desire for knowledge and a want to protect the books. Bradbury's novel teaches its readers how too much censorship and control can lead to further damage and the repetition of history’s mistakes through the use of symbolism, imagery, and motif. When Bradbury employs symbolism, certain characters convey hidden meanings which help to further clarify the important themes in the story. As Montag is walking home from work one night, he runs into a young woman, Clarisse. Montag quickly discovers that Clarisse is not the average citizen and that she does not fall into the stereotype created by the censored community. Clarisse is a stark contrast to Montag who does his…show more content…
Fahrenheit 451 is a book of warning. It is a reminder that we need knowledge to survive, and we need people who crave this knowledge to take over in generations to come. We need knowledge to combat ignorance and we get this knowledge from reading books and listening to other people's opinions. It is a warning of what might happen if we were to let the ignorance win, and a warning to never let this happen. It is a warning that what we have is valuable and a reminder to never take that for granted. Censorship is dangerous, and too much of it can lead to an inevitable destruction of our
Open Document