Fahrenheit 451 Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Faber refers to what books "say," that they "...Stitched the patches...together into one garment for us." How do books draw together information as to capture details that might otherwise be missed?  

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In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Faber notes:

The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.

In terms of literature, this statement is a metaphor that refers to generally to how an author pulls so much information together into one cohesive, impactful pieces. This is done by a variety of literary techniques the author uses in order to provide a clear picture of the situation, events, etc., he/she is trying to convey to the reader. 

The plot or theme of a piece is extremely important, for it is the plot development that guides the reader along. In developing the plot or the theme of the piece, the author must stay focused on the topic at hand.

Perhaps the second most important step in writing so that details are not omitted is to make sure the presentation of each element of the story is organized. If the writer cannot maintain a tight pattern of the organization of ideas or plot development, it is difficult for the reader to grasp the intent of the piece:

In writing, the pattern we present our ideas in is called organization. Writers need to know about organizational patterns because readers expect what they read to make sense logically.

Perhaps the most common way to logically organize details is to present them in chronological order. However, if one is reading a mystery, the author may purposely change the sequence of events not to confuse the reader—for if the transitions are smooth, the author can move from past to present and back again without losing the reader. However, changing the order in which events from past and present are provided distracts the reader from ordering the clues too easily, for then it is difficult to take the reader off guard. For example, in William Faulkner's creepy short story, "A Rose for Emily," the bizarre and unexpectedly horrific ending is based upon details that are not delivered in chronological order. In this way, Faulkner is able to pull of the surprise that is so central to bringing about the resolution—maintaining the suspense until the very last sentence of his story.

Not all of what an author writes (at least in a novel) is addressed in a forthright manner: in other words, sometimes the author leaves clues that the reader uses to draw inferences. 

[To understand an inference is] to draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented.

Being able to read between the lines and recognize clues the author provides is a common way that the writer provides necessary and helpful information, however, it is imperative that the inferences are obvious enough for the reader to understand, drawing conclusions in the manner that the author intends.

The structure—the organization of a piece—is necessary for the reader to capture important details that are central in understanding the information the writer is sharing with the reader.

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