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What literary technique is used in the following quote from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit...

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J6 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM via web

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What literary technique is used in the following quote from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451:

"Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores."
What would be the technique for "the book has pores"?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM (Answer #1)

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The literary technique (or device), regarding the quote in question from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, is a hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggeration used for emphasis. 

In the quote, Professor Faber is discussing the importance of books (as receptacles of things one wishes not to forget). In this section, Faber is using imagery and symbolism to explain the importance of books. The book does not actually have pores (this is not meant to be taken literally). Instead, it is meant to be taken figuratively. Pores breathe. Pores possess texture. Therefore, the book (figuratively) is able to breathe. The book has a quality of being something which is living and can be felt. As the quote goes on, the image of the book existing as a living breathing being continues. 

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