What are similes in Fahrenheit 451?

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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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"...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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