I am having touble finding literary devices in Fahrenheit 451.  Any suggestions?yes i do have to write an essay on this for school but i alread have the quotes, tone, and ect. i just cant find a...

I am having touble finding literary devices in Fahrenheit 451.  Any suggestions?

yes i do have to write an essay on this for school but i alread have the quotes, tone, and ect. i just cant find a literary device to use and it needs five. please help

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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My best advice is to start with a couple that are really big (therefore easy) and move to a couple that are a little more obscure (hard to find).

Every book has a conflict (usually more than one).  Conflicts can be internal or external.  Consider in Fahrenheit 451 that one major external conflict (the idea of banning/burning books) leads to internal and more external conflicts for several characters.

Another literary element that would be pretty easy to write about with this novel is symbolism.  The most prominent symbol of course, is fire, but in this novel it comes to have many different but complimentary meanings.  Fire is typically a negative image - death, destruction, fire of hell, etc. - but think about with this book the way there can be a rebirth of ideas after the fire.  Like with anything else, revolutions often require death and destruction along the way.  With this novel, consider "revolution" on a more personal scale.

Finally, a couple of the smaller but certainly no less important literary elements are things like figurative language and imagery.  Figurative language includes any similes, metaphors, or uses of personification found in the book.  Sometimes authors do this to make small points, other times for bigger points.  Either way, if you can find a couple of examples that revolve around a common subject - it would be best.  Imagery of course, is description that appeals to the five senses.  Again, Fahrenheit 451 is full of imagery - consider the descriptions of the sound, smell and feeling of fire.

The best way to tie literary elements together in one essay is to write about how different elements are used to create a tone (which you said you've identified) or a theme.  Hopefully this has helped you get started.  I'll post a few links below that might also assist you.

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