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In Fahrenheit 451, what is the volcano's mouth?

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Posted September 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM via iOS

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In Fahrenheit 451, what is the volcano's mouth?

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM (Answer #1)

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This reference occurs in section two, "The Sieve and the Sand." Montag has just been at Faber's house. Faber gives him the green bullet radio device to put in his ear so they can communicate at all times. War is on the horizon. Montag walks home. While eating his dinner, Millie, Mrs. Phelps, and Mrs. Bowles all come in and rush to the parlour room, presumably to catch the most recent show. But first, Millie runs from the parlour door to greet Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles "like a native fleeing an eruption of Vesuvius." Here, Bradbury writes that Millie runs from the parlour room as if it is a volcano, playing with the theme of fire and destruction. In this metaphor, the parlour room is destructive because it pacifies people into thoughtlessness. Then the women go back into the parlour (volcano) room: 

Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles came through the front door and vanished into the volcano's mouth with martinis in their hands; Montag stopped eating. 

As the metaphor goes, the volcano's mouth is the door to the parlour room. The room itself and its senseless (and destructive) shows are the volcano. 

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