In the second part of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, many similes that can be found. Bradbury is a master at writing different types of figures of speech and "The Sieve and the Sand" has proof of that. One simile can be found when Montag remembers Captain Beatty talking about what burning pages of a book resembles:
"Delicately, like the petals of a flower. Light the first page, light the second page. Each becomes a black butterfly" (76).
The above simile compares a book's pages to the petals of a flower, which suggests how fragile and delicate they are when placed under a flame.
The next example of a simile is found when Montag rides the subway to Faber's house. He remembers the night when he stumbles upon his wife's pill bottle as follows:
"The night I kicked the pill bottle in the dark, like kicking a buried mine" (77).
The image created with this simile links the empty pill bottle to a land mine, because after kicking it, he finds his wife on the bed in a drug-induced coma. For him, finding his wife in such a state of emergency is as shocking as finding a bomb.
Then, when Faber discusses how society's interest in education and literacy declines, he compares it as follows:
"How like a beautiful statue of ice it was, melting in the sun" (89).
Education and/or literacy are likened to a statue of ice that slowly melts away from society. It is an interesting image as one can imagine the sculpture slowly dripping out of existence.
After Montag speaks with Faber, he goes home for the evening. His wife's friends come over while he is eating his dinner and he observes them as they enter his home as follows:
"They were like a monstrous crystal chandelier tinkling in a thousand chimes" (93).
The women's voices are compared to one big chandelier whose different pieces of crystal sound off at once to create a high-pitched noise, like chimes.
Finally, Mrs. Phelps uses a simile when she compares how easy it is to rear children in front of televisions:
"It's like washing clothes: stuff laundry in and slam the lid" (96).
Mrs. Phelps believes that all one needs to do to parent children is to plop them in front of the television and leave them alone.