Teacher Guide

Fahrenheit 451 Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Of greatest relevance to this novel are the other classic dystopias, which share significant structural and thematic elements. Most notable and familiar are 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, The Giver, and Brave New World. Films such as Blade Runner and Metropolis might also be useful. The play The Crucible shares the fictional dystopias' structure while operating within an historical past.

Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from the Republic is subtly entwined in the ideas of Bradbury's novel, and it is referenced obliquely in the text itself.

Students also might look at Bradbury's other work. Although many of his short stories exist in the same universe as his other famous novel, The Martian...

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