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In what city and time period does Fahrenheit 451 take place?

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eboniporter | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2007 at 11:49 PM via web

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In what city and time period does Fahrenheit 451 take place?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 17, 2007 at 1:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Bradbury is careful not to be too specific here. The time is the 21st century, and the setting is a large American city, but beyond that, we aren't told where or when it is set. This could be, if not Anytown, at least Anycity, USA, and right now.

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angelacress | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 17, 2007 at 6:10 AM (Answer #2)

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Ray Bradbury wrote this novel in response to several things going on during the 1950's, such as the McCarthy hearings and the aftermath of World War II. Even though Bradbury was writing with specific world events in mind, he seemed to have intentionally made the setting of Fahrenheit 451 ambiguous. He most likely did this so that the book might be applicable to anytime, anywhere. In truth, it is an unnamed future time in an imaginary place, where nightmarish things are taking place. However, there are many aspects of the setting that make the reader feel as if it could be happening right now in the very city in which he lives.

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Yojana_Thapa | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM (Answer #3)

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1950–1953, Los Angeles, California

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parama9000 | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM (Answer #4)

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1950-1953, L.A. California is what the writer was trying to depict.

The setting however is the 21st century, or rather a futuristic view.

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Jyotsana | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM (Answer #5)

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The time period is 1950-1953 and the place that Fahrenheit 451 takes place at Los Angeles, California. 

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Chantelm | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 29, 2014 at 9:55 PM (Answer #6)

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This story takes place in Los Angeles California and it was written around the 1950's

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