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Fahrenheit 451

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Thematic Analysis

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Fahrenheit 451 begins with the epigraph:

"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramon Jimenez.

Why do you think Bradbury chose this quote to open the story and how does the epigraph reflect an overall theme of the book?

A

The meaning of the epigraph resonates with the rigidity of Guy Montag’s world how information is tightly controlled and the intellect of the characters oppressed.

B

The quote is appropriate because Jimenez, as a prominent antagonist of the story, is the firefighter who is most enthusiastic about burning books.

C

None of the books in the story are written on lined paper.

D

One of the ways in which Guy Montag rebels against society is by writing passages from books in code. "Writing the other way" is representative of Guy's secret written language.

E

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way” is advice that Clarisse tells to Guy Montag in the first chapter. Her words show Bradbury's use of foreshadowing.