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tigerpaw4 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM via web

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What are some literary devices (symbolism, metaphors, themes, foreshadowing) in Fahrenheit 451?

Irony, tone, foreshadowing, personification, metaphors, symbolism in Fahrenheit 451?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM (Answer #1)

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I will give you a few from Part 1 of the novel to start you off and then you can go back to the book and see if you can find some more - this novel is fullof literary devices.

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

This simile compares the hose to a great python, which is interesting as the hose is compared to a monster which is engaged in destruction. This simile therefore emphasises the horror of the burning that Montag is engaged in.

He strode in a swarm of fireflies.

This is another simile that compares the remnants of burnt books that are flying around to a swarm of fireflies, again linking the character of Montag with fire.

Her face, turned to him now, was fragile milk crystal with a soft and constant light in it.

This metaphor used to describe Guy's first impressions of Clarisse. What is interesting is the attractiveness of Clarisse compared to Guy's wife and also how vulnerable it makes Clarisse appear.

As for imagery, any scene that is trying to evoke the 5 senses (and there are lots of them) can be used as an example. Hope this helps and good luck in finding some more examples

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