Please explain the personification in the following quote in Fahrenheit 451:  "this special silence that was concerned with all the world."

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Personification is a literary device in which an inanimate object is given human attributes, which allows the reader to relate to it. In part three of Fahrenheit 451, Montag manages to escape the authorities and flees from the city to the wilderness. After floating down the river, Montag wanders through the forest, where he sees men sitting silently around a campfire. Montag acknowledges the serene, quiet atmosphere and is attracted to the peaceful silence of the men around the campfire. Bradbury then personifies silence by writing,

Montag moved toward this special silence that was concerned with all of the world (68).

Silence is personified and given the human attribute of thought because it is "concerned with all of the world." Silence is a noun meaning the absence of noise, and Bradbury's use of personification emphasizes the importance of silence in the wilderness, which contrasts with the loud, annoying noises in the dystopian city.

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This passage comes after Montag has killed Beatty and has managed to escape, with Faber's help, across the river.  The silence refers to the atmosphere of the campfire with the men (the book covers) around it.

The reason that it is a silence is that the men are at peace, I believe.  In the city, no one was at peace.  They were all trying to do stuff, to listen to the parlour walls or to go out and speed around in their cars or something.  But they were never just quiet and thoughtful like these men are.

It is concerned with all the world because this is the sort of thing that all the world needs.  It needs to have this kind of opportunity to be quiet and think.

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