When is Fahrenheit 451 set and where?

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Fahrenheit 451 is set in the futuristic world of the 1990s in the United States--at least when Ray Bradbury first published the book in 1953, the 1990s seemed like a very futuristic setting.  The world has already suffered through nuclear wars, and the protagonist Guy Montag lives in a comfortable suburban area of a large city. 

In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury fills the novel with all sorts of interesting new technology, much of which would seem incredibly familiar to us now, but back then, his ideas were novel and startling:  television walls, seashell radios that fit into people's ears, fast cars, and a continuous stream of television entertainment.  Bradbury uses the dystopian setting of Fahrenheit 451 to challenge the notion of a society that has grown overly dependent on mass media and entertainment.