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Fahrenheit 451... Please help me...The theme of Fahrenheit 451 is "man vs. society"

My teacher said that the theme of the story in Fahrenheit 451 is "man vs.society"These are the questions.

Explain how this theme relates to the story's situations and characters.

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colombiana454 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2008 at 9:33 AM (Answer #2)

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 My teacher said that the theme of the story in Fahrenheit 451 is "man vs.society"These are the questions.Explian how this theme relates to the story's situations and characters.

 A.    Explain how this theme relates to the story's situations and characters.

 B.     Explain how this theme might apply to all people, everywhere. For example, if a possible theme for your story was, "We sometimes think that we want something until we get it, and realize it is not what we wanted after all," then explain how this idea might apply to another situation outside of your story.

 

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ashcat | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:48 PM (Answer #3)

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The theme of man vs. society is extraordinarily prominent in Fahrenheit 451.

Two examples of this theme can be seen in the protagonist, Guy Montag, and his wife.

For Montag, as he begins to become mentally stimulated and curious about the books he is burning, he immediately creates a conflict between himself and his world. Since books and thinking in general are banned by a society that has become consumed with mass commercialism and multi-media, Montag is a radical. He challenges the system in which he lives in, the fact that he must hide books in his house rather than display them is another example of his rebelling against the world he lives in.

As a smaller example, Montag's wife, who attempts to overdose on sleeping pills, is a character who is completely absorbed with the mass media world in which she lives. However, it is her attempted suicide that suggests that she is unhappy with her life. It is her way of speaking out about her emotions as she lives in a world where she cannot express them. However, Mildred cannot seem to escape the world that she has been taught to live in and so can never be the radical that her husband is. Her driving away from Montag, however, can be seen as her symbolic escape from the life she once knew.

I also thought you might find it interesting to read what the author himself thought his book was about. The link to the article is provided below:

http://www.laweekly.com/2007-05-31/news/ray-bradbury-fahrenheit-451-misinterpreted/

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