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Fahrenheit 451 Themes

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“Science fiction is the art of the possible. It could happen. It has happened” (Bradbury, "A Conversation with Ray Bradbury”). In Ray Bradbury’s work, his characters are often extreme, he utilizes common themes between works, and his life and beliefs influence his work. Overall, Ray Bradbury’s influences and personal opinions affect his work, and his works share similarities.
Ray Bradbury’s characters are dramatic and extreme, rather than realistic; this is common in his works. Characters’ heated arguments and intense inner rage work to further the story in both Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes (Watt 30). In Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury’s characters act as stereotypes, rather than having practical personalities.
In Ray Bradbury’s characterizations, he leans more towards creating theatrical personalities over multi-faceted ones. “Some of the characterizations-Montag’s wife, given over to drugs and mindless television;
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“Fahrenheit 451’s major themes of resistance against the conformity imposed by mass media and the use of technology to control individuals are linked to its depiction of a dystopia” (Reid 59). In Fahrenheit 451, when Montag disobeys the government, the TVs in every home are manipulated by them to instruct the citizens to search for him. In Dandelion Wine, the characters attempt to understand the effects of technology. Ray Bradbury utilizes technology in Fahrenheit 451 and Dandelion Wine.
In Ray Bradbury’s other popular novels, there are comparable themes as well. “In a discussion about the thematic content of The Martian Chronicles with interviewer David Morgan in 1980, Ray Bradbury stated, ‘The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 come from the same period in my life, when I was warning people. I was preventing futures” (Hoskinson 128). Both books are set in the
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