What are five similes and methapors in part three of the book?

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Part Three, "Burning Bright," Similes:

1. After Montag immolates Beatty with a flamethrower, Beatty's charred body is described as looking "like a charred wax doll."

2.  Just after he kills Beatty, Montag is charged by the Mechanical Hound who moves "like a single solid cloud of black-gray smoke." 

3.  After the Mechanical Hound attacks Montag, he takes his flame gun and covers it in liquid fire.  The inside of the Mechanical Hound is lit up "like a skyrocket fastened to the street."

4.  In the attack by the Mechanical Hound, Montag's leg is injured by the injection.  When he stands up, he has sensation in only one leg; the other is "like a chunk of burnt pine log."

5.  On the run, Montag is injured and filled with fear. Struggling to breathe, "his lungs were like burning brooms in his chest."


Part Three, "Burning Bright" Metaphors:

1.  When Montag has become a fugitive and visits Faber, he imagines that he has become a "luminous cloud, a ghost that made breathing once more impossible."  Montag becomes metaphorically detached from his physical self because of the stress of being pursued.

2.  On the run, Montag thinks "if he (metaphorically) kept his eye peeled quickly he would see himself," meaning that he can envision his own capture.

3.  As he contemplates being carried off in the jaws of a Hound, Montag wonders "what could he say in a single word...that would sear all their faces..." to metaphorically silence his critics once and for all.

4.  When Montag muses "the guild of asbestos weaver must open shop very soon" he understands that it is up to him to stop the burning. He uses a metaphor to describe his role.

5.  After Montag's death is faked by his pursuers, Granger turns to Montag and says "Welcome back from the dead."  This is a metaphor, since Montag is very much alive.

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SIMILES (comparisons that use the word "like" or "as.":

1) "[Montag] felt his head turn like a stone carving..."

2) "They rise like the midnight sun to sweat you in your bed!"

3) "There was a crash like the falling parts of a dream..."

4) "Their covers [the books'] torn off and spilled out like swan feathers."

5) "The books leapt and danced like roasted birds..."

METAPHORS (comparison that do not use the words "like" or "as"):

1) "Lights flicked on and house doors opened all down the street, to watch the carnival set up." (The scene in front of Montag's house is being compared to a carnival).

2) "I've hit the bull's eye." (Beatty is comparing his correct analysis of Montag's behavior to a marksmen hitting a target on the bull's-eye.).

3) "Now, Montag, you're a burden." (Montag is not actually a heavy load that must carried on one's back; he is being compared to a burden because he is a responsibility that must be dealt with.)

4) "And then he came to the parlor where the great idiot monster lay asleep..." [The characters who appear on the wall television are being compared to "idiot monsters."]

5) "The tents of the circus had slumped into charcoal and rubble and the show was well over." [Similar to the first metaphor example, the scene at Montag's house is being compared to a circus]

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Fahrenheit 451

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