Farenheit 451 Theme & Symbols

Farenheit 451 Theme & Symbols
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  • Symbol #1
  • "...real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences. A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it. Bradbury 115
  • Symbol #2
  • "...build a mirror-factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them." Bradbury 164
  • Theme #1
  • "Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel like they're thinking." Bradbury 64
  • Fire In Montag's society, fire is a physical cleanser in the world; anyone disobeying the laws regarding being an owner of books, their property is destroyed with fire.
  • Theme #2
  • "I've tried to imagine...just how it would feel. I mean, to have firemen burn our houses and our books." Bradbury 37
  • Mirror This symbol is used in Farenheit 451 as a physical reflection to understand oneself. After realizing all the lies he's been told in the society he lives in, the man Granger suggests that everyone should take a look in the mirror in order for them to understand who they really are.
  • Higher Order Questions
  • 1.) Do you think a society like the one presented in the book may ever happen in our society? 2.)What may differ from Montag's marriage with his wife compared to expectation of a marriage in today's world? 3.)What makes Clarisse so important in Farenheit 451? Why?
  • Censorship One of the main themes throughout the whole book is censorship and it's shown in many events; for example, the burning of books by the demand of the government reflects censorship.
  • Higher Order Answers
  • 1.) Although the amount of technology that is being created is remarkable, I don't believe that the amount of censorship presented in Farenheit 451 would ever happen in the world we live in. 2.)In Montag's marriage, they were very emotionally distant from each other. They were always doing their own thing and they both had their own lives separate from each other. Expectations in today's society, couples are supposed to be close and supportive for each other. 3.)The fact that Clarisse talks to Montag about her odd life and what her family believes in when it comes to the society they live in, makes her very important. Not only does this spark Montag's curiosity in what he may be kept ignorant about by the government, but it drives him to try to seek the truth.
  • Knowledge & Ignorance This theme is perfectly represented in the book. The job of the firemen is to destroy books (knowledge) in order to continue the ignorance of the people living in the society.
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