Fahrenheit 451

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Thematic Analysis


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?


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.


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


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


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.


“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.