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by Ray Bradbury

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What is a good thesis statement for an essay on Fahrenheit 451?

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Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates the dangers of a society focused only on the immediate gratification of the present. This society has all but erased history. Its members derive meaningless pleasure from watching their "families" on futuristic televisions and don't engage in any meaningful conversations. The ultimate goal is not in developing creativity and abstract thinking in its citizens but in having them complacently agree to exist in the rules of the present. And deviating from those norms proves extremely dangerous—if not fatal.

Lots of the technology in the novel is not used to better humankind. The parlour wall television is used to keep everyone mindlessly "happy." The Mechanical Hound is used to track down deviants, creating quite a terrifying image as it sniffs out "crimes." A thesis that examines this topic might look like...

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