Fahrenheit 451 as a Dystopia

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Fahrenheit 451 Dystopia

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Utopian/ Dystopian literature is a rapidly growing sub-genre of popular fiction. Authors often use utopias to convey a message about the world we live in today.

Dystopias are extremely flawed societies. In this genre, the setting is often a fallen society, usually occurring after a large scale war, or other horrific event, that caused chaos in the former world. In many stories this chaos gives rise to a totalitarian government that assumes absolute control. The flaws in this sort of a dystopia are center around oppression and restrictions on freedom by central authorities.


Fahrenheit 451 as a Dystopia

No Independent Thought (or Speech)

Society has become obsessed with the media, TV, and radio. It has censored thought and knowledge through the banning of books.


Puppet Government

The government has amended the constitution, mainly to take away rights of the people.


Lack of Free Will

Choices are taken away. Those who break the rules or laws suffer the consequences, like those who have their books burned!


"Sameness/Uniformity"

Uniformity or individuality is expressed through the media and especially through the TV. Technology has become so advanced that giant wall-sized TV's can be found in every home and TV programs can incorporate the viewer's name and preferences to get them to interact with the show.


Perfect Society

The government's censorship and a ban on books is portrayed as being for the good of society. Without religion and books, ideas cannot spark differences between people, leading to a more sedate society.


Citizens are Under Surveillance/Fear

The government uses citizens to police each other. Family members, friends, and neighbors are so afraid that they will turn on one another. This is evident when Mildred reports Guy for having a book.



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Create a storyboard that shows the six elements of a dystopia in Fahrenheit 451.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify events or characteristics of the story that fit into the elements of a dystopia
  3. Illustrate the examples for each event or characteristic.
  4. Write a short description below each cell that specifically relates Fahrenheit 451 as a dystopia.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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