Theme Of Allusion In Fahrenheit 451

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The dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury introduces a local fireman named Guy Montag, but being a fireman isn’t the same occupation it is today. In this far away world books are illegal, just like drugs or treason. The job of getting rid of these binded pieces of literature lies in the hand of the firemen, burning every novel they can get their hands on. Montag has lived under the impression that this is normal, with his wife MIldred constantly hypnotized by a screen covered wall to which he can’t even break her trance. This is all Montag knows and lives by until Clarisse, Montag’s neighbor, pops into his life. She tells him of the past and her relatives stories, gives him a taste of how the world used to be. Clarisse begins to reform Montag’s perception of life and the importance of information. This leads Montag to act on his new found emotions and truly learn why life should be more than just looking at a screen. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses allusion, analogy, and symbolism to show the importance of knowledge and the devastating impacts of ignorance. In the beginning of the story you see Montag on the job, working alongside other firemen to burn down any home they can find housing books. This has become his normal, his hands doing all the work from muscle memory, no clear thought being put forth. When questioning the head of the fire department, Captain Beatty, about why they strive to demolish books he receives a slightly restricting answer. “With
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