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What are some poetic quotes from Fahrenheit 451 that have to do with burning?

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lshenkman | Student | Honors

Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:58 AM via web

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What are some poetic quotes from Fahrenheit 451 that have to do with burning?

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

Posted December 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most notable aspects of this excellent dystopian classic is the way that allusions populate its pages. This of course highlights the irony of this future society that has done away with literature and books, as the constant allusions only serve to reinforce the cultural void that lies at its very heart, and that cannot be filled by the facile media programmes that Montag's wife and her friends are so enamoured with.

One poetic quotation early on about burning comes when the woman hiding books chooses to burn with her collection rather than live. She says:

Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.

This quote is highly significant as it was said by Hugh Latimer who chose to be burnt at the stake rather than compromise on his religious beliefs. What is key about this quote about burning is the way that, just as Latimer's death became a candle of hope and light for others, so the woman's death becomes a candle of change, as it begins the process of transformation within Montag that leads him to rebel against society.

This is one major allusion to do with burning. Others involve alluding to the Greek myth of Icarus, who flew to close to the sun which resulted in his wings being burnt and his death.

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