What is the writing style in Fahrenheit 451?

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One thing that stands out about Fahrenheit 451 is Bradbury's complex and descriptive writing style. Take a look at the description of Clarisse McClellan from when she first meets Montag. Instead of giving us an account of her physical features, as we might expect, Bradbury's description goes to the next level:

Her face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity . . . Her dress was white and it whispered.

Notice the use of personification here in the "gentle hunger" that moves over her and the whispering of her dress. By using such descriptions, Bradbury emphasizes the importance of Montag's meeting with Clarisse while also creating a clear contrast between Clarisse and Montag, a man whose skin is blackened by kerosene. As such, Bradbury uses description to foreshadow her importance in the novel.

Moreover, Bradbury also uses a limited omniscient point of view in the novel. So, while the events are told in the...

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