How is the theme of the book related to the manner in which the conflict is resolved? 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The theme of Bradbury's work can be seen as how intellectual life cannot be fully contained.  While those in the position of power might wish to do so, it is impossible to "stop life," as it will find a way.  Once his consciousness is raised, the theme of the novel is seen in Montag's striving to establish meaning in his own life.  As Montag matures in the novel, we see the idea that life in all of its forms cannot be stopped.  Once Montag understands how reality  is constructed, he ceases to operate in a manner that apologizes or justifies the Status Quo.  Rather, he seeks to find ways to subvert it and eventually leave it in order to find his true essence of self.  It is this theme that life, in its intellectual force, cannot be fully repressed.  The "book covers" like Granger who live on the outskirts of town waiting to recite their books to those who are in need are an example of this.  It is no surprise that Montag ends up joining such a group, individuals who are waiting for life to be relayed.

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