What is an example of simile in Fahrenheit 451?

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The preface ("In The Beginning"), to the novel Fahrenheit 451, offers an example of both personification and a simile:

A book landed, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering.

Here, the book is personified by being given the ability (or an allusion to the ability) to be obedient. Given that personification is the giving of human qualities or characteristics to nonhuman and/or nonliving things, this obedience shown by the book is personification. At the same time, the book is likened to a pigeon. This comparison, given it includes the word "like," is an example of a simile.

Another example of a simile can be found later in the same paragraph.

In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open and it was like a snowy feather, the words delicately painted thereon.

Here, the page is compared to a feather.

In the next paragraph, another simile can be found. Here, a comparison is made between Montag's hand and a mouth.

And then Montag's hand closed like a mouth.

Another example of personification can be found towards the end of "In The Beginning."

His hand had done it all, his hand with a brain of its own, with a conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief.

Here, the hand is given the ability to turn into a thief. hands cannot do this, only people can. 

Later, in part one (page three depending upon the copy used--this is found on the first page of the first chapter), a metaphor is found.

With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world.

The metaphor is the comparison between the fire hose (or brass nozzle) to a python.


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