The poem “Control” by Rae Armantrout and the book “Fahrenheit 451” both demonstrate the dystopian element of an overruling power controlling people’s thoughts while furthering the idea that people want to think for themselves. When Montag is forced to hand over the Bible for burning, he decides that he needs it because it furthers his thinking on morals. He thinks, “There’s only one thing to do...I’ve got to have a duplicate made” (73). In Armantrout’s poem, she says, “when I don’t have any thoughts, I want one!” These quotes both exemplify how people want to think for theme selves because it nurtures the person’s capacity to learn, which all people desire. Because all people desire to learn, they don’t want another person controlling them, their thoughts, or the capacity to think new thoughts and have their own ideas.