Fahrenheit 451 Annotated Bibliography


Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is analysis of what society could be if we let totalitarianism and censorship run our society.In Fahrenheit 451 , Bradbury shows us what could happen if we get suppress the “foreigners”- those who stand out because they are different than the norm. Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in a time where totalitarian, communist governments were springing up everywhere, he uses Clara, the book burning by the government, and his wife as a representation of what society could become if the totalitarian communist let us all become single-minded drones.



  • Rubinstein, William D. “Conservative Party Attitudes to Jews, 1900-1950.” Jewish Quarterly Review. 94 (2004): 224-226.

Americans want foreigners to fit in, to our mold in Fahrenheit 451 . This article will help explain how people in Bradbury's time shared this feeling- not the extreme that is portrayed in the book. Attitudes towards foreigners in the time Bradbury lived will help shed light on where he was coming from.

  • Lawson, Benjamin S. “Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 .” Utopian Studies. 15 (2004) 93-95.

Fahrenheit 451 is all about not looking at the collective but praising the individual that makes the collective, whether they fit in or not. This source was an in-depth analysis of Fahrenheit 451 and helps decipher some of the allusions and symbolism.

  • Harrison, Nicholas. “Readers as resistants Fahrenheit 451 , censorship, and identification.” Studies in French Cinema. 1 (2001) 54.

In order to put down the outsiders of society, government censors them and makes them loose their individuality and all that makes the stand out. The attitude society has in Fahrenheit 451 is very against foreigners of any kind- anyone who is not with norm should be censored.

  • Frodsham, John David. “The New Barbarians: Totalitarianism, Terror, and the Left Intelligentsia in Orwell's 1984.” World Affairs . 147 (1984) 139.

George Orwell's 1984 , is another criticism on a totalitarian, communist way of life, putting down individuals and promoting normalcy. It helps, because it is another text on the same form of overbearing government.

  • French, Jeff. “Censorship is a Diversity Issue.” Ohio Librarians . 12 (2004) 6-9.

Fahrenheit 451 points out that the way to control the foreigners, is through censorship. We don't want to diversify our pool of knowledge out of fear of foreigners.

  • Sowell, Thomas. “Casual cruelty of Communism is closer to home than we think.” Enterprise/Salt Lake City . 30 (2000) 22.

This article exemplifies Bradbury's fear of impending communism taking over, although this article was written recently, even now 50 years later we are still afraid communism and totalitarianism.

  • McGiveron, Rafeeq O. “'To Build a Mirror Factory': The Mirror and the Self-Examination in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 39 (1998) 282-87.

This is an analysis of Fahrenheit 451 and it particularly talks about self-examination and society and Fahrenheit 451 makes a point that we must examine ourselves and not worry about what other people are thinking.

  • Minogue, Kenneth. “Totalitarianism: Have We Seen the Last of It?” National Interest . 1 (1999) 35.

Once again we see the same concern, are we rid of these demons that Bradbury warned us of so long ago? We don't want to lose that self of the individual and that foreign is ok, that is seriously lacking in the society portrayed in the book.

by Odalys Reyes