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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451


by Ray Bradbury

 Table of Contents

Fahrenheit 451 Themes

Fahrenheit 451 Themes

Literature and Writing

You can bet a pretty penny that nobody in Fahrenheit 451 has read Fifty Shades of Grey. Or Twilight. Or Why Cats Paint. That’s because in this world, books are banned. Not only are they...

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 sort of re...

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. No, this isn't WWE: Smackdown—thi...

Wisdom and Knowledge

In Fahrenheit 451, wisdom and knowledge are gained through both experience and scholarship—just like here at Shmoop. Most important is critical thinking—challenging ideas rather than accep...


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...


The crisis of identity is at the core of Fahrenheit 451—just like middle school. As Montag learns from a series of mentors and teachers, he sees his own identity melding with that of his ins...


In the world of Fahrenheit 451, everybody seems to be happy. Sort of. They watch TV all day, they’re never forced to face anything unpleasant, and they’re never truly bothered by anything. Soun...

Man and the Natural World

In Fahrenheit 451, readers get a front row seat to an epic battle between technology and nature. In one corner of the ring we have technology, which is cold and destructive. In the other corner we'...

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