What are examples of puns in Fahrenheit 451?

Montag wears a "fiery" smile, he is a fireman who sets fires and responds to alarms, the Mechanical Hound resembles a dog and hounds people. These are examples of puns in Fahrenheit 451.

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A pun is a kind of play on words in which a word can have two different meanings. An example in Fahrenheit 451 is the following: "Later, going to sleep, he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles, in the dark." The word "fiery" in this...

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sentence is a pun, as "fiery" means both resembling fire and passionate. As Montag is burning books, he wears a smile that reflects the fire he is setting and a smile that shows his passion for burning books.

The term "fireman" is also a kind of pun. Montag is a fireman in the old-fashioned sense because he responds to alarms, slides down a pole, and sets off in his firetruck to protect the public against a supposed danger. He is also a "fireman" because he sets fires. The "Mechanical Hound" is also an example of a pun because the creature called the hound resembles a dog (and dogs are sometimes called hounds), but the creature also follows, or hounds, people. 

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Interesting question! In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury several literary devices are utilized including puns. Throughout the book, several puns are implemented to incite the readers’ deeper reflection.

Before providing examples of puns, it is important to understand what a pun is. A pun is a literary device utilized to illustrate how one word can represent two different meanings or how two words that sound very similar can represent two different meanings. This is usually done to create irony or humor.

Throughout the book, several different puns are implemented. For example, Montag is considered a “firefighter.” In today’s language, this word represents the idea of someone stopping a fire to prevent destruction and harm. However, in the book, the term represents someone who fights with fire to destroy books.  Subsequently, another pun is made by Granger’s grandfather. He states, “I hate a Roman named Status Quo.” Here, the Roman's name is also a word that means "the existing state of affairs." Thus, an unusual pun is created, which encourages the readers' minds to think about the concept more deeply.

Therefore, in the book, Bradbury utilizes puns to draw the readers' attention to important concepts. Although puns can be a bit tricky, these literary devices are often useful in creating irony or humor.

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