Discuss the stands the author or characters take in "Fagrenheit 451".  List examples of the themes mentioned below.The importance of remembering and understanding history.   Machines as helpers...

Discuss the stands the author or characters take in "Fagrenheit 451".  List examples of the themes mentioned below.

The importance of remembering and understanding history.

 

Machines as helpers to humans, macines as hindrances or enemies.

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In the novel, Bradbury is providing warnings about the dangers of too much conformity as well as the dangers of relying too much on technology. The burning of books and the rewriting of history to keep from offending anyone gives emphasis to the fact that differences within society and free thinking is part of what makes society what it is.

The fact that the machines enforce the laws shows that too much reliance on machines can be a hindrance to progress. People in the book where mesmerized by "tv" stories that didn't mean anything. Everything was completely generic, supposedly keeping from offending anyone, but in reality it kept individuals from thinking for themselves.

This is also why it is important to remember and understand history, which is another theme. The firefighters regulate the reading of books. History is remembered only as the governing authorities allow it to be. The result is, again, a society that doesn't think. The outcasts who are memorizing books and trying to retain culture show the author's true belief. They understand that history, literature, and cultural differences are important to promote individualism. They belief that one day society will value opinions again, and that history and literature will be needed in order to bring philosophy and thinking back.

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