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What are some good concrete details to go with the themes of Fahrenheit 451 listed...

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lalagirl | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 19, 2010 at 4:49 AM via web

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What are some good concrete details to go with the themes of Fahrenheit 451 listed below?

The theme statments that I am using are:

1.  A society that does not value knowledge is unmotivated, dangerous, and potentialy violent

2.  A life without critical thinking and goals is meaningless and unsatisfying.

3.  Replacing realtionships with technollogicaly advanced machines is perilous to an individuals personal development.

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boryung | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted August 16, 2010 at 3:56 AM (Answer #1)

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"A society that does not value knowledge is unmotivated, dangerous, and potentially violent": The society in Fahrenheit 451, where books have been outlawed, is immoral and narcissistic. People spend their time seeking thrills through activities including driving at dangerously fast speeds, violent amusement parks, and dare devil activities. Their primary concern is their own entertainment.

"A life without critical thinking and goals is meaningless and unsatisfying": Details that prove this theme would be Montag and his wife Mildred's unhappiness. Montag's inability to find fulfillment in his life leads him to question the society he lives in more and more until he eventually murders a man and is forced to leave society. His wife Mildred appears to be content with her parlor walls, but it is implied that she is actually deeply depressed, as once she takes so many sleeping pills that her life is endangered.

"Replacing relationships with technologically advanced machines is perilous to an individual's personal development": Mildred's obsession with her parlor walls, a highly advanced TV, has made her insensitive and immoral. Her friends have also clearly been affected by their parlor walls in this way.

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