Fahrenheit 451 Title Analysis

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The meaning behind the title of Fahrenheit 451 is that in the opening of his science fiction story of a dystopian society in which books are banned because of the knowledge they contain -- knowledge that could pose a threat to the stability of this repressive society -- Ray Bradbury notes: "FAHRENHEIT 451: The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns".In Fahrenheit 451, firemen are not employed to extinguish fires; they are employed for the purpose of carrying out the government's edict against the possession of books. As Bradbury's story begins, he describes the exhilaration experienced by firemen as they torch literature.