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Symbolism Of Water In Fahrenheit 451

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How to Read Literature like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster has many good points. It offers advice on analyzing content in books and offers examples as support. Many of the things it says can be applied to books one reads. This paper will analyze the symbolism of water in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and the influences of politics on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses the symbolism of rebirth through water, and in Animal Farm, Orwell uses many historical and political parallels.

In Fahrenheit 451, a political book making a statement about censorship, Ray Bradbury uses the symbolism of water, and rebirth to contrast the burning of books and the past. Two specific scenes come to mind when reading Chapter 9 of
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This not only describes many types of political literature well but greatly fits the writings of George Orwell. In chapter 18, “It’s all political” Foster discusses the political underpinnings and historical backgrounds of many literary works. In Orwell’s Animal Farm, he uses a metaphor for Soviet communism to demonstrate the problems with the Soviet regime. Orwell describes the main problem in a scene in which the animal go to re-read the rules of the farm, and see instead only one rule, stating “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”(134) In How to Read Literature like a Professor, Foster discuss books that portray countries or events in a positive light, Animal Farm, however, displays the actions of the Soviets, and, by extension their relationship with America and Germany in a very negative light. Another thing to consider in the writing of this book is the historical parallels. In his book, Foster discusses the historical background of titles like Rip van Winkle, or Oedipus at Colonus. Animal Farm was published in 1945, just two years before the Cold war is considered to have begun, and immediately after the second world war. This was a tumultuous time, with anger on both sides. When Orwell wrote the book, it drew attention, and criticism, to the Soviet
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