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What are some examples of allusion in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

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An allusion is when an author makes a reference to an outside source that the reader might know about. Allusions can be historical, mythical, political, etc. This helps the reader make a mental connection from the outside world to a message that the author wants to send. In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, many different types of allusions can be found. One allusion that Captain Beatty uses is about the Pierian spring, which is known as a fountain of knowledge. Beatty actually quotes Alexander Pope by saying the following:

"A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again" (106).

The above passage shows Beatty making an allusion to Pope, who makes an allusion to the Pierian...

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