Analysis: What’s Up With the Epigraph?
Epigraphs are like little appetizers to the great entrée of a story. They illuminate important aspects of the story, and they get us headed in the right direction.
If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
– Juan Ramón Jiménez
Fahrenheit 451 is all about rebellion against seemingly overwhelming opposition. Extending the metaphor to the detailed portions of the novel reveals a clear parallel: the lines on the paper reflect the rigidity of Guy Montag’s world – the rules of behavior, the mental oppression, the intellectual subjugation. Writing “the other way” is representative of insurrection – the same kind of insurrection in which Montag indulges through books and the seeking of knowledge.