Bradbury's primary theme in Fahrenheit 451 is the importance of independent thought and intellectual freedom. He sees reading as a key method of cultivating intellectual curiosity. Books confront readers with a variety of conflicting opinions and ideas, forcing them to think for themselves.
Bradbury portrays an overdependence on technology as a threat to intellectual development. Montag's escape from the supposedly infallible Mechanical Hound shows that an active human mind is superior to even the best technology. In Bradbury's novel, education's emphasis on technology leads to a...
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