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Ray Bradbury is a great author as he is able to use a mass variety of literary devices in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury is able to get his message out through similes, metaphors, and symbolism. He also uses these literary devices to enhance the story and gives some scenes a deeper meaning. Overall, Ray Bradbury used these literary devices to convey his ideas throughout Fahrenheit 451.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is filled with similes that brighten places, characters, and scenes throughout the novel.
An example of simile Bradbury used was “The night I kicked the pill bottle in the dark, like kicking a buried mine” (Bradbury 73). In this simile, he compared the pill bottle to a buried mine, because after he kicked the pill bottle he finds Mildred in a coma on the bed which was frightful as finding a mine. Another simile that Bradbury used to enliven a scene was “He could see the helicopters falling falling like the first flakes of snow in the long winter to come” (123).
In this simile, Bradbury compared the very few helicopters to the first flakes of snow as they did not cause a threat to Montag when he was on the run. Montag knew that the search for him would get more dreadful and his life would become a blizzard. When Faber was talking to Montag about how society was before and how their education is failing now Faber stated: “How like a beautiful statue of ice it was, melting in the sun.
” (85). In this simile, he compared their education to the statue of ice and how it's melting slowly until its completely gone in their society.
These are just some of the similes that Bradbury used to Bradbury also used a wide variety of metaphors throughout Fahrenheit 451. One example of a metaphor is “There were people in the suction train but he held the book in his hands and the silly thought came to him, if you read fast and read all, maybe some of the sand will stay in the sieve” (74). In this metaphor by Bradbury, he compares the sand to what he is reading in the book and his brain to the sieve. This metaphor gives a better visualization of how hard it is for Montag to retain the information from the book as it justs fades away. Another metaphor is “This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You'd find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more literary you are” (79). In this metaphor, Faber explained how a book has a lot of important information and details in them which a lot of people look over as they would to the pores and little details on someones face. These metaphors provided lucidity to these scenes and helped me understand them more.
Finally, throughout Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury had some symbolism throughout this book. Bradbury used symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 to represent things as a set of ideas. For instance, when Montag and Granger looked into the fire he stated 'There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ: every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up. He must have been first cousin to Man. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again” (156). In this quote, the Phoenix is an example of symbolism. The Phoenix symbolizes rebirth, as something will eventually be destroyed and born again. In this case, the Phoenix resembles their people and the city as it is bombed and goes up in ashes. This also shows that mankind will rise again as the Phoenix rose from the ashes. This symbolism of the Phoenix showed that Montag has the chance to restart, rebuild, and teach the community the importance of books.
In conclusion, Ray Bradbury is such a great author he is able to use a wide variety of literary devices in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury used a lot of similes, metaphors, and symbolism to get his message out. Bradbury also used these literary devices to enhance the story and give it a deeper meaning. All in all, Ray Bradbury used these literary devices throughout Fahrenheit 451 to convey his ideas.
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