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Fahrenheit 451

Quick Glance



This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 249 page book.

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Key Words: Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Politics

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Book Description:

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.



Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 56 Incidents

h*ck, h*ll, d*mn*d, d*mn, d*mn*d*st, d*mm*t

Anatomical Terms - 2 Incidents

*ss*s, *ss

Religious Profanities - 49 Incidents

God, Jesus, Lord, Christ, godd*m

Derogatory Terms - 1 Incident


Violence - 9 Incidents

There is a "mechanical hound" that is described that tracks down criminals (although in this first depiction it is mentioned as tracking down animals). When it catches the criminal, it plunges a needle into their body and injects them with "massive jolts of morphine or procaine. The body is then tossed in an incinerator.

A man sets a "mechanical hound" loose on his co-workers and himself, committing suicide.

A woman chooses to die, being burned alive in her home, rather than relinquish her books.

References two men that were burnt alive for heresy.

Man reflects on the woman that chose to die, being burned with her books.

GRAPHIC: A man is watching TV and sees clowns chopping each other's limbs off and sees "bodies fly in the air."

GRAPHIC: A man kills someone by shooting him with liquid fire.

GRAPHIC: A man reflects on the murder he committed, gags and sees the body, "a torch not moving, fluttering out on the grass."

Mentions the murdered man, "nothing but a frame skeleton strung with asphalt tendons."

Sexual Content

Miscellaneous - 8 Incidents

Mentions three-dimensional sex magazines.

Clubs and sex are mentioned.

Bad writers are likened to raping life and leaving her for the flies.

Mentions harlequin rats.

The word "sex" is used, as in gender.

A reviewer of the book likens having a house full of books that you can't read to, "having a house full of beautiful women and, smiling, not touching ... one. So, you see, I'm not a criminal at all. If you ever catch me reading one, yes, then turn me in! But this place is as pure as a twelve-year-old virgin girl's cream-white summer night bedroom."

Mentions "the sex that fell apart."

A director mentions that as a kid, there were two questions the kids at school asked about a movie, one of the questions being "are there any naked women?" He also says he takes no pride in the fact that the movie Fahrenheit 451, which he directed, does not have any naked women.

Conversation Topics - 16 Incidents

Smoking cigarettes or a pipe is mentioned a handful of times in the book.

Drinking wine and whiskey is mentioned.

GRAPHIC: Describes a man who comes into his bedroom late at night to find that his wife had attempted suicide by taking pills.

Husband asks his wife about her attempted suicide the night before.

It is assumed that a man is drunk and he takes off his pants when he gets home.

Husband yells at his wife, asking how many capsules she's taken tonight or how many she'll take tomorrow, referencing her attempted suicide.

Man reflects on his wife's attempted suicide and how he found her.

Mentions "colored people don't like Little Black Sambo," and "white people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Mentions heroin.

It is mentioned that Christ has been made to be part of the "family" by being on the TV continuously, so much so that it is asked whether God would even recognize His Son.

Mentions a man who jumped off of a building (implying suicide).

A man yells at a woman, mentioning her third husband who blew out his brains, her dozen abortions and the Caesarean sections she's had.

A review about the book Fahrenheit 451 mentions that it has profanity, and references to sexuality, drinking, drug use and nudity.

Author references another story he wrote where a lighthouse has a "God-Light" coming from it and "from the viewpoint of any sea-creature, one would have felt that one was in "the Presence.""

"Religion is run by advertising firms and Our Lord is used for toothpaste advertisements."

A literary critic states, " One does not expect the full madness of a new Theological Age to overwhelm the United States, despite George W. Bush's proclamations that he never makes a decision without consulting Christ."

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