International Journal of Arts, Humanities &Social Sciences

ISSN 2994-6417 (Print) , ISSN 2994-6425 (Online)
“To Everything There is a Season”: A Thymotic Man in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


In this study, our primary objective is to expose the philosophical notion of human soul in Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451. We will examine how the ruling authority’s efforts to enforce societal conformity lead to the emergence of resistant groups seeking recognition against the prevailing regime.  Given that, such a “struggle for recognition” in Francis Fukuyama’s contention is referred to as thymos. By analyzing the thymotic desires of the characters, particularly focusing on the personal growth of Guy Montag, using Fukuyama’s analytical framework, we aim to elucidate the significant role of the thymotic individual in challenging the ruling government.  In addition, the terms of nous and epithumia as two other component parts of Plato’s tripartite soul are illuminated in the psychological personality of the characters which will be examined accordingly. Our examination of nous and epithumia aims to enhance the understanding of the role of thymos in the novel. Furthermore, we seek to demonstrate that Guy Montag’s provoked thymos serves as a means through which he challenges the pervasive power of the ruling regime. Ultimately, drawing from the insights of ancient philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle will provide a clearer understanding of the underlying themes depicted in the novel.