Similes In Fahrenheit 451

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In the second part of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, many similes that can be found. Bradbury is a master at writing different types of figures of speech and "The Sieve and the Sand" has proof of that. One simile can be found when Montag remembers Captain Beatty talking about what burning pages of a book resembles:

"Delicately, like the petals of a flower. Light the first page, light the second page. Each becomes a black butterfly" (76).

The above simile compares a book's pages to the petals of a flower, which suggests how fragile and delicate they are when placed under a flame.

The next example of a simile is found when Montag rides the subway to Faber's house. He remembers the night when he stumbles upon his wife's pill bottle as follows:

"The night I kicked the pill bottle in the dark, like kicking a buried mine" (77).

The image created with this simile links the empty pill bottle to a land mine, because after kicking it, he finds his wife on the bed in a drug-induced coma. For him, finding his wife in such a state of emergency is as shocking as finding a bomb.

Then, when Faber discusses how society's interest in education and literacy declines, he compares it as follows:

"How like a beautiful statue of ice it was, melting in the sun" (89).

Education and/or literacy are likened to a statue of ice that slowly melts away from society. It is an interesting image as one can imagine the sculpture slowly dripping out of existence.

After Montag speaks with Faber, he goes home for the evening. His wife's friends come over while he is eating his dinner and he observes them as they enter his home as follows:

"They were like a monstrous crystal chandelier tinkling in a thousand chimes" (93).

The women's voices are compared to one big chandelier whose different pieces of crystal sound off at once to create a high-pitched noise, like chimes. 

Finally, Mrs. Phelps uses a simile when she compares how easy it is to rear children in front of televisions:

"It's like washing clothes: stuff laundry in and slam the lid" (96).

Mrs. Phelps believes that all one needs to do to parent children is to plop them in front of the television and leave them alone. 

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pg 48: "The electric thimble moved like a praying mantis on the pillow, touched by her hand."

pg 37: "A book  lit, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering. "

pg 37: "Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest."

pg 31: "Montag, you shin that pole like a bird up a tree."

pg 10: " She had a  very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in the dark room in the middle of a night when you waken to see the time and see the clock telling you the hour and the minute and the second, with a white silence and a glowing, all certainty and knowing what it had to tell of the night passing swiftly on toward further darknesses, but moving als toward a new sun."

pg. 80- "The old man looked as if he had not out of the house in years."


pg 81-"Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land?"


pg. 95-" The three empty walls of the room were like the pale brows of sleeping giants, now empty of dreams. 

pg 109- ..."he seemed as a great black bat flying above the engine, over the brass numbers, taking the full wind.



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