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Fahrenheit 451 Thesis

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Elisabeth Iler

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Thesis

You can't have happiness if you don't have choice. This means that if you don't truly control your own life, there's no way that you can be happy with what they are making you do.
Thesis Statement
Part 2: The Sieve and the Sand
This thesis is shown in this section in a more broad way. "The parlor was dead and Mildred kept peering in at it with a blank expression as Montag paced the floor and came back and squatted down and read a page as many as ten times aloud." Most of the section is Montag reading books and Mildred watching the "Family". Neither of them really have a choice of what to do in their free time. Montag technically can't read because it's against the law. Millie's mind is so warped by society that she always watches it and never wants to do anything else, so she doesn't really have a choice.
The idea of no choice is shown in this section when Montag is forced to burn his house because he had possession of books and Beatty knew about it. This quote is said by Beatty in the book: "I want you to do this job all by your lonesome, Montag. Not with kerosene and a match, but piecework, with a flame thrower. Your house, your clean-up." On top of the sorrow of his house burning, his wife has just left and he has the feeling that she doesn't even think about him anymore.
Part 3 Section 1: Burning Bright
Part 1: The Hearth and the Salamander
This idea that you can't have happiness without choice is shown true in this section when Montag and his firemen crew were forced to burn the woman who didn't want to live if she didn't have her books. "Montag felt the hidden book pound like a heart against his chest. 'Go on,' said the woman, and Montag felt himself back away and away out the door" If Montag refused to do this there would have been fighting, he probably would've gotten in trouble, and Beatty would've been very supicious. However, burning the woman only emotionally affected Montag out of all of the firemen. It gave him great sorrow that he
to that. I think this is because he really knew what she felt because he loved his books as well.
By: Elisabeth Iler
Fahrenheit 451 Thesis
In conclusion, you truly can't be happy if there is choice that you can make for yourself. No one knows you like you do so you must choose what makes
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