Fahrenheit 451

Biography: Ray Bradbury

On August 22, 1920, Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois.  During the Great Depression his father lost his job in Illinois and the Bradbury family was forced to leave their home in Waukegan to finally settle in southern California in 1934.  Four years later, Bradbury graduated from Los Angeles High School.  In school, …

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Fahrenheit 451: Theme Analysis

The theme of Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 can be viewed from several different angles.  First and foremost, Bradburys novel gives an anti-censorship message.  Bradbury understood censorship to be a natural outcropping of an overly tolerant society.  Once one group objects to something someone has written, that book is modified and censorship begins. Soon, another minority …

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Fahrenheit 451: Metaphor Analysis

Salamander: The Salamander insignia represents the firemen of Bradburys brave new world.  Bradbury uses the Salamander to exemplify the decrepit nature of the government.  This society, like a salamander, has sunk into the depths of depravity, and now, though seemingly modern, is really more primitive than ever. Seashells: The seashells, or ear-radios, are used to …

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