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The second paragraph of "Fahrenheit 451" describes the burning of a house...

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md4life | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2008 at 6:09 AM via web

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The second paragraph of "Fahrenheit 451" describes the burning of a house containing books. What images does this create for the reader?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 18, 2008 at 6:55 AM (Answer #1)

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There are a lot of images that this paragraph that are created for the reader. Bradbury has a great sense of the use of imagery in his writing. The fireman's hose is manifested into a "great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world". The fireman is compared to an "amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning". The house is described as actually jumping into this beautiful symphony. The fireman walks among the "swarm of fireflies"which are the hot ashes beginning to fill the air still ablaze with the fragrance and light of the fire. The books being burned are described as "flapping pigeon-winged" creatures. It is the defining paragraph that makes the reader want to keep going because this fire sounds so intriguing, because this fire conjures so many different images that are not usually associated with fires.

Note: imagery is the ability paint mental pictures with words or the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas

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