Major Themes In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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n Fahrenheit 451 there are three main themes throughout. These themes are brought out by some critics. First off, the transformation of one thing into another. In this case the protagonist, Montag was transformed. Next, the literate and thinking will prevail. The last theme was the problems warned about by the author, Ray Bradbury that threaten the world today. Fahrenheit 451 takes place in the future, the 24th century, and has three themes. It begins with the protagonist, Guy Montag. He enjoys being a fireman where he burns down illegal books and the houses of the people with the books. Montag then meets Clarisse McClellan while walking home from work. Clarisse is much different than Montag and talks about things that Montag …show more content…

Susan Spencer touched on this in her analysis. Spencer compared Bradbury to Plato in certain ways. Spencer said that he echoed Plato on the conceit of wisdom. She went on and said that in Fahrenheit 451 the reader has the feeling of moving back in time to a society that is preliterate. She said that Bradbury’s book warns against what can happen if a society turns against literacy. Bradbury ended the book with an optimistic view that the text will prevail and mankind will benefit from it. The author makes it clear the misfit group will write down everything as soon as possible. They will also try to reconstruct a literate society again. She ends her analysis by saying that as long as any pieces remain there is a base to build a better world (Spencer …show more content…

We can see plenty of examples throughout the text. I agree with Richard Widmann because he said that in some ways the world that Bradbury portrayed is now fact. This is true with the large television screens and the seashell radios. In the novel there are also live media events that seem a lot alike to the ones we have today. We can definitely see that the world that Bradbury portrayed is in some ways true today. Widmann is also correct when he said that censorship threatens the democratic society today. In the novel we saw this because the ones who were not politically correct and hid books were arrested. Their books and homes were destroyed because of the thoughts in them. It is so true that America is undergoing a period of political correctness like the critic stated. Sadly, this censorship spoken about in Fahrenheit 451 has occurred in a few countries (Widmann 149-156) & (Bradbury 3, 42,

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