In Fahrenheit 451 please list a place where Bradbury uses allusion, paradox, and anthromorphism (extreme personification).

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Allusion:  Near the end of the book, when Montag is at the fire station for the last time right before he gets sent to his own house, Beatty is quoting line after line of literature to him.  Allusion exists there because Beatty is alluding to different pieces of literature, using them as references.  He even references which authors he is quoting--Alexander Pope, William Shakespeare, the Bible, Sir Philip Sidney.  Beatty does this a lot, throws in literary allusions to great pieces of literature.  It indicates that he is ironically well-read for a man that is supposed to hate books and incinerate them.

Anthromorphism:  Bradbury uses very blatant personification all throughout the book.  For example, the machine that replenishes Mildred's blood is a snake, and the books that are getting burned are moths, birds, flowers, insects.  The kerosene hose is a venemous viper, a snake "spitting its venemous kerosene upon the world."  Bradbury uses this technique to give life and symbolism to these important objects, endowing them with beauty or violence as needed.

Paradox:  Consider how "Montag" dies at the end of the novel.  He doesn't die really, but, he watches a man that the government has found that they are pretending is him, and the Hound takes him out.  It seems impossible that Montag would watch his own death, but he does.

I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!

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