Fahrenheit 451–Devices Bradbury Uses

Blog Post ending week of Friday, December 11th (reply by 12/11/09, read by 12/14):

Find and post an example of a literary device (symbolism, alliteration, metaphor, simile, irony, foreshadowing) or of a rhetorical device (see extensive list from AP course–anaphora, etc.) from Bradbury’s text.  As usual, duplicated responses will not be “approved” as comments, so it is best to post early. Please cite the applicable page number(s).


31 thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451–Devices Bradbury Uses

  1. Simile- “He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out.”

  2. page 89:

    “How like a beautiful statue of ice it was, melting in the sun. I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths.”

    -two similies, both using “like”

  3. The symbol of the Phoenix is used throughout the novel.

    “There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up….But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we’re doing the same thing, over and over, but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did. We know all the damn silly things we’ve done for a thousand years and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, someday we’ll stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the middle of them.” ( Page 163)

    The Phoenix symbolizes rebirth after destruction by fire, only to get burned and be destroyed again. Firemen wear the Phoenix on their uniforms. Also, Captain Beatty drives a Phoenix car.

  4. “There was a smell like a cut potato from all the land, raw and cold and white from having the moon on it most of the night. There was a smell like pickles from a bottle and a smell like parsley on the table at home. There was a faint yellow odor like mustard from a jar. There was a smell like carnations from the yard next door. He put his hand down and felt a weed rise up like a child brushing him. His fingers smelled of licorice.” In this quote found on page 144, Bradbury uses rhetorical devices as well as literary devices. These include anaphora and similes. The repetition of the initial phrase “There was a smell…” is effective because it helps the reader to visualize, or get the sense of Montag’s surroundings.

  5. On the top of page 7, there is a simile referring to Clarisse: “There was only a girl walking with him now, her face bright as snow in the moonlight, and he knew…”

  6. Irony – page 44 (last line is also a metaphor)

    “And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn’t cry. For it would be the dying of an unknown… and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman, while the hungry snake made her still more empty.”

    The irony is that he is crying at the thought of not crying upon his wife’s (possible) death.

  7. Alliteration–page 59
    “Beatty knocked his pipe into the palm of his pink hand…”
    There is a repetition of the the “p” sound.

  8. On page 41, the last paragraph:
    “He fell into his bed and his wife cried out, startled. He lay far across the room from her, on a winter island separated by an empty sea.”
    The metaphor refers to the couple’s separate beds, and symbolizes their lack of intimacy and closeness.

  9. On page 38 there is a simile referring to the position of the books: “The books lay like great mounds of fishes left to dry.”

  10. “Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you’ve had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarian sections, too, and your children who hate your guts! Go home and think how it all happened and what did you ever do to stop it? Go home, go home!” he yelled. (pg 101)
    Here, Bradbury creates an anaphora by continuously repeating the initial phrase of “go home and think of…” This could also be considered parallelism, being that he maintained the verb + noun + and + verb at the beginning/in the middle of each sentence.

  11. p. 32
    “He could feel the firehouse full of glitter and shine and silence, of brass colors, the colors of coins, of gold, of silver.”
    -loose sentence

  12. Simile-page 7
    “There was only the girl walking with him now, her face bright as snow in the moonlight, and he knew she was working his questions around, seeking the best answers she could possibly give.”

  13. simile- page 134
    “Then, if he wished, Montag might rise, walk to the window, keep one eye on the TV screen, open the window, lean out, look back, and see himself dramatized, described, made over, standing there, limned in the bright small television screen from outside, a drama to be watched objectively, knowing that in other parlors he was large as life, in full color, dimensionally perfect!”

  14. Personification (pg. 163)- “After a moment the bacon began to flutter and dance in the pan and the sputter of it filled the morning air with its aroma.”

  15. “As he stood there the sky over the house screamed.”
    personification – gives the sky the human ability to scream

    “There was a tremendous ripping sound as if two giant hands had torn ten thousand miles of black lines down the seam”
    simile with hyperbole
    The simile and hyperbole shows that Montag experiences great pain.

    Page 13

  16. “How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?” pg 11–Simile, comparing her face to a mirror

  17. Beatty smiled his smile which showed the candy pinkness of his gums and the tiny candy whiteness of his teeth.” (pg 53) This is an example of a metaphor as Beatty’s gums and teeth are being compared to candy.

  18. “But instead he stood there, very cold, his face a mask of ice, listening to a man’s voice…”
    metaphor, page 17.

  19. page 91-92
    “…and the way the stars looked, a million of them swimming between the clouds…”

  20. Top of page 137- “He could feel the Hound, like autumn, come cold and dry and swift, like a wind that didn’t stir grass…”

  21. pg 155
    “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
    aphorism- this quote is an aphorism becasue it is a general saying that contains truth

  22. “Two moonstones looked up at him in the light of his small hand-held fire; two pale moonstones buried in a creek of clear water over which the life of the world ran, not touching them.”
    – anaphora

  23. simile:
    “He could feel the Hound, like autumn, come cold and dry and swift, like a wind that didn’t stir grass, that didn’t jar windows or disturb leaf shadows on the white sidewalks as it passed.”
    pg. 137

  24. page 129
    “Farther on, as Montag moved in darkness, he could see the helicopters falling falling like the first flakes of snow in the long winter to come…”

  25. simile:
    “They had this machine. They had two machines really. One of them slid down into your stomach like a black cobra down an echoing well looking for all the old water and the old time gathered there.”
    pg. 14

  26. Chris,
    In order for me to approve your comment, it needs to include several things that were clearly stated in the directions on the original post (page number, literary or rhetorical device being cited, quotation marks…) Please revise/resubmit accordingly.
    Ms. G.

  27. …denham’s dentrifice, denham’s dandy, denham’s dentrifice-it is the repetion of denham’s to emphasize the fact that the world is controlled by this one company.

  28. Hi Tom,
    I will post this after you correct the spelling of repetition, put quotes around your quote, and include the page number.
    Ms. Grimm

  29. Blog post: Great, but what is the device Bradbury is using here?
    Page 3: “…With his great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world,…”
    Ms. Grimm

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