What is a theme of this story I can use for an essay?I have to write an essay tomorrow and I don't know what theme to pick or what details to use with it.

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When writing an essay about a theme, you want to make sure there is a lot of information that you can use supporting your argument.  Make sure you choose your theme carefully.  Whenever you are having trouble coming up with themes for a story, enotes can come to the rescue!  Most books have a themes page.  Here is the one for Fahrenheit 451.


I will choose the theme of alienation and loneliness as a good theme for an essay.  This is because the world in the book seems very lonely to me.  You can find many examples.  In a good essay, you will want to flesh out the theme with three examples.  First, turn the theme into a thesis by making it say something.  Here is an example:

In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury describes the importance of the human imagination because in a world without books there is an increased feeling of loneliness and alienation.

Now you need to provide examples to prove your thesis.  For example, Montag seems to not feel close to his wife.  The television serves as a separation.  Consider how he describes coming into the bedroom.

“It was like coming into the cold marbled room of a mausoleum after the moon had set.” (Part 1)

Notice how I have chosen a quote to support the first evidence of my theme.  Now I need to explain how this quote about the bedroom shows how Mantag is alienated.  Consider the imagery.  The television makes the room like a tomb, everything is cold and dead.  People are disconnected from the word.

Now it’s your turn!

You can read the full text here to get quotations: 

Bradbury, Ray. "Farenheit 451 Text." Ednet. Ednet.ns.ca, n.d. Web. 5 Sept. 2012. <http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/ssheehan/English%2011/Bradbury,%20Ray%20-%20Fahrenheit%20451.txt>.

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Fahrenheit 451

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