Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns. Set in the future, Bradbury's novel flips the role of the fireman, who now burns books and the houses of those who harbor books instead of saving things that are on fire. This novel is a commentary about what could happen to society if we allow the government to take away our right to think for ourselves or not be influenced by the imaginative and creative thoughts of others. Book burning is a major symbol for censorship, especially hearkening back to the days of the Nazi regime and its insistence on quelling the voices of its citizens. In fact, this novel is still used today as a symbol to combat censorship in schools and elsewhere.