Bri Muennich
Bri Muennich asked:

what was running through the authors head when he was writing this book?? very creative.

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Grettel_anne Unfortunately, though perhaps an interesting perspective it is unlikely the idea for the book was conceived in this manner. The book was published in 1953. Portable headphones were not available until the late 1970's.

As I understood it, Bradbury wrote the book during the McCarthy era, which was a time when book burning and censorship was very real concern in the United States. Fahrenheit 451 is more a commentary on the decline of reading literature as the consumption of mass media increases.
Sheila Well, I read somewhere that Bradbury came up with this story after observing a man walking down the street with his wife.

The woman had headphones on and was just zoning out, while her husband was holding her hand and gently leading her down the street, they weren't talking or interacting in any manner.

Bradbury was struck by the sense of isolation between these two individuals, even though they were side-by-side and hand-in-hand. This observation was the inspiration for Fahrenheit 451.

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