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What are similes in Fahrenheit 451?

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tommy2012 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM via iOS

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What are similes in Fahrenheit 451?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM (Answer #1)

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A simile is an indirect comparison.  It usually uses the words “like” or “as” to compare two unlike things.  Clarisse uses two different similes to describe Clarisse’s face.

When Montag first sees Clarisse, he makes an odd comparison.

She had a very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in a dark room in the middle of a night (part 1).

This simile makes Clarisse seem kind of unusual and exotic, but also fleeting.  She comes into his life rather suddenly and leaves quickly, so this is fitting.

Montag is oddly inspired and unsettled by Clarisse.  She asks him if he is happy, and he has never stopped to think about if he is or not.

How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know that refracted your own light to you? (part 1).

Clarisse is like a mirror because she reflects his true self back to him, and his deepest thoughts.  He is so troubled by his brief encounter with her that he asks himself if he is happy, and he changes his entire approach to life.

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chocochipleesy | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM (Answer #2)

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"...cops, robbers, chasers, and the chased, hunters and hunted, he had seen it a thousand times"

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chocochipleesy | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM (Answer #3)

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"...cops, robbers, chasers, and the chased, hunters and hunted, he had seen it a thousand times"

sorry I copied the wrong one xoxo

* "I remember the newspapers dying LIKE huge moths"

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