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Little Words, Big Ideas

Literature and Writing

In the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451, books are considered subversive, are banned, and are burned upon discovery. The novel's characters present a variety of points of view. One believes that...

Technology and Modernization

TV is the enemy in Fahrenheit 451. It’s responsible for replacing literature, intellectualism, and curiosity. On top of that, it’s become a substitute for family, friendship, and any so...

Rules and Order

Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a world of strict rules and order. Books are illegal, free thought is essentially prohibited, and activities are tightly organized. What’s interesting is that mu...

Wisdom and Knowledge

In Fahrenheit 451, wisdom and knowledge are gained through both experience and scholarship. Most important is critical thinking – challenging ideas rather than accepting them as absolutely co...

Violence

Excessive violence in the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451 betrays a problematic underbelly to the status quo. Teenagers go around killing each other, TV is filled to the brim with violence, and...

Identity

The crisis of identity is at the core of Fahrenheit 451. As the main character learns from a series of mentors and teachers, he sees his own identity melding with that of his instructors. This is a...

Dissatisfaction

In the world of Fahrenheit 451, everyone seems to be happy. They watch TV all day, they never ask difficult questions, they’re never forced to face anything unpleasant, and they’re neve...

Man and the Natural World

Fahrenheit 451 creates a dichotomy between the world of technology and the world of nature. The former is cold and destructive, while the latter is engaging and informative. It is only in nature th...
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