Fahrenheit 451 Theme Essay.

Essay by IvyAlloyHigh School, 10th gradeA, November 2014

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The Main Themes of Fahrenheit 451. Every story has a variety of different themes, some are more prominent and

some take deeper analysis to discover. As themes help to portray the deeper

meaning of the story and can help the reader find new meaning and morals. The

story Fahrenheit 451 has many different themes, such as government harassment,

technology & paradox. But through deeper analysis of the story, I have come to a

conclusion that ignorance versus knowledge, censorship and rebellion are the

three most significant themes of the story.

! Ignorance versus Knowledge is one of the most important themes in Fahrenheit

451. The theme is suggested widely in the story and is the cause of conflict

between the protagonist and antagonist. As you can see from the quote, "If you

don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to

worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such

a thing as war" (BRADBURY'61). This quote shows how Beatty is convinced and is

trying to convince Montag to believe that ignorance is bliss because knowledge

is a curse and a burden. When Montag said "Somethings missing. I looked around.

The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or

twelve years. So I thought books might help" (BRADBURY'82). He is coming to the

self realization that he is not fully happy and neither are the people around

him. He realizes that without books, without knowledge, people can never be

truly happy. Therefore, it is clear that the theme ignorance versus knowledge

plays an important role in the story.

! Censorship also plays a big role in the story, it is one of the most

prominent themes in Fahrenheit 451...