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.