In "Fahrenheit 451," what effect does this quote have: "A book landed, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering.”  

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Bradbury uses a lot of poetic language in his book "Fahrenheit 451," which adds a lot of emotion and intensity to the book itself.  This is a book about the beauty of books, so in the quote above, Bradbury compares the book to a beautiful, graceful, very much alive bird.  He makes it so that the book is not a lifeless, inanimate object, but rather something that has a life, a heartbeat, beauty, and brilliance.  A major theme of the book is that books DO have life, and help people to discover beauty in the world around them.  Consider Clarisse, who seemed awed and amazed by the world, as opposed to Mildred, who was so miserable in the world that she tried escaping it through suicide.  And, books were part of the difference.  If we read books, we become alive, animated, and beautiful, just like the pigeon that Bradbury compares the book to.

The description has the effect of making the book become everything that Bradbury asserts books are in his novel:  delicate, graceful, powerful, and alive things that can offer us so much if we take the time to appreciate them.  I hope that those thoughts help; good luck!