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What are example of irony in part one of Fahrenheit 451?

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justlikeashleyy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM via web

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What are example of irony in part one of Fahrenheit 451?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM (Answer #1)

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In Ray Bradbury's novel, "Fahrenheit 451" the irony in part one is that Montag is introduced to the reader as a fireman. As the reader we naturally think of firemen as people who put out fires.  Bradbury has created the situational irony in this story by having Montag be a fireman who starts fires.  He goes into people's homes and burns their books.  He is asked by Clarisse if firemen ever put fires out and he told her that was crazy and it was silly to think that way.  Firemen were there to help control the population by burning books.

Another twist of irony is that Montag becomes enthralled with books himself.  He begins stealing and hiding the books he is supposed to be burning.

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pingygal | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM (Answer #2)

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  1. Millie calls tv her fam, but doesnt call montag her HUSBAND.
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bobbybrittany | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 4, 2009 at 10:02 PM (Answer #3)

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The irony of the novel is that they are firemen but they do not put them out but they start them.


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