What are some examples of allusions in the book Fahrenheit 451? Can you give me page numbers? Allusions are very hard for me to find, and I need them for an English assignment
An allusion is a casual reference to something that should be well-known by the reader. It is generally meant to support an explanation, to give an example. An allusion can be about the Bible, history, mythology, or literature. Bradbury uses all of these in his book.
Some historical allusions are:
1. When the woman comes out of her house and says,
"Play the man, Master Ridley: we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out." (pg 36)
Later, on page 40, Beatty explains to Montag that those words were spoken by a man named Latimer to Nicholas Ridley as they were being burnt alive at Oxford for heresy on October 16, 1555. The woman said it just before she ignited and killed herself in the flames.
2. Another historical allusion is
"....when Mildred ran from the parlor like a native fleeing an eruption of Vesuvius" (pg 93)
Vesuvius was a famous volcano that erupted in AD79 destroying the city of Pompeii and all of its residents.
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