What is a theme that analyzes any of the major themes in Fahrenheit 451i have to compose an essay for english need help with the book   thankyou

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the themes the enotes Study Guide deals with concerning Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is alienation and isolation. 

Guy Montag, the protagonist, is alienated from other human beings as, the reader sees throughout the novel, is almost everyone in Montag's society.  Montag comes to realize this by his contacts with Clarisse, such as the dandelion test he fails.  Notice how surprised he is when he hears people at Clarisse's house actually talking.  He and his wife do not love each other in any real or romantic sense, and they certainly never talk about anything substantial.  The world of the novel is mechanical and unthinking (the TV programs, for instance).  A human life is of little value--the workers pump Millie's stomach as if they were making hamburgers at a burger joint. 

Montag longs for something more out of life, and eventually finds it in books, which connect him to other human beings through ideas.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

eNotes's study guide for this book identifies three major themes in the story.  They are:

  • Alienation and loneliness.  This means that Montag spends much of the book feeling like he does not belong in his society and no one understands his feelings.
  • Apathy and passivity.  The major reason the society has gotten all screwed up is that no one really cares.  They are all too interested in entertaining themselves and so they do not care about thinking.
  • Change.  Over the course of the book, Montag changes from being a defender of the society to trying to destroy it.

I hope that at least one of those makes sense to you.

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