Imagery In Fahrenheit 451

What are some examples of imagery in part 1 of Fahrenheit 451?

Some examples of imagery in part 1 of Fahrenheit 451 are "Complete darkness, not a hint of the silver world outside, the windows tightly shut, the chamber a tomb-world where no sound from the great city could penetrate" and "With the brass nozzle in his fists ... the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history."

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Throughout the first chapter of this novel, Ray Bradbury employs some sort of imagery on nearly every page. However, most of this imagery is aimed at proving a contrast between Montag's world—the world of the firemen—and Clarisse's world. Bradbury employs his imagery by using a series of metaphors and extended metaphors. 

One of the most obvious ways Bradbury employs imagery in this chapter is by the constant comparison of those in the firemen's world to insects or serpents. The novel begins with a very vivid description of the firemen burning down a house with "the great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world." Then, as Montag watches the house that was full of books burn, he "strode in a swarm of fireflies." The metaphors continue as Montag compares the mechanical hound that is a stand-in for the traditional firehouse's dalmatian to "a great bee come home from some field where the honey is full of poison wildness, of insanity and nightmare..." and later to "a moth in...

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