Since its publication in 1953, Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 has been censored and banned in several schools in the United States. Over the years, certain schools have banned the novel for its "vulgarity" and using the Lord's name in vain. In 1992, a middle school in California banned the story for its use of the words "hell" and "damn" while an independent school in Texas banned the story for its scenes of intoxication, cigarette smoking, and violence, as well as the character's "dirty talk." In some conservative private schools, Farehnheit 451's violence and language have prohibited the book from being included in the curriculum.
Ironically, censorship and banning books is a prominent theme throughout Bradbury's celebrated novel. In Bradbury's dystopian society, books are censored, and firemen burn novels. Montag, the story's protagonist, is a fireman who experiences a dramatic transformation and develops into an intellectual. Despite the controversy surrounding Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451 remains a popular book in many curriculums throughout the United States.