allusion, symbols, and imagery in Fahrenheit 451

snake imagery fire hose kerosene is the venom; reference to Satan appearing to Adam and Eve as a serpent in the garden of Eden; temptation is knowledge; fireman as serpents; manipulative, evil, deceitful; pumps Mildred; “eyes of puffed adders”- snake eyes
beetle imagery firemen’s helmets and cars; bug with black horns is connected to Satan in literature
nature/bird imagery represents freedom; describes the pages of the books while they were being burnt; the pages looked like wings;
Clarisse allusion Latina for “the brightest”; clarity, imagery of light and white for her skin; is a bright light for Montag; metaphorical light bulb
Beatty allusions “baits” Montag; tries to manipulate, confuse, to draw him into continue being a fireman and ignorant
November 4th allusions eve of Guy Fawkes day; eve of Guy Montag’s internal conflict
“Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” a quote Montag remembers during the house call; time doesn’t matter; stuck in ignorance; the woman’s life ended physically in the fire; seems like a dream
Tower of Babel an allusion from the bible (genesis), where the word “babble” comes from; Beatty uses this allusion in the first books are foolish and don’t make sense
Automatic reflex refers to our body’s automatic responses; this is how their society has become as people have stopped thinking and began acting instinctively i.e. driving fast, violence, etc.
Our fingers in the dike legend of a Dutch boy who plugged a hole in a dike (dam) to save his town from flooding. Captain Beatty uses this to convince Montag that they are keeping people safe by saving them from a flood of knowledge and ideas
phoenix symbolism symbolizes how Montag was “reborn” from the ashes of books he has burned and started to gain knowledge and become a new person
salamander symbolism is one of the official symbols of the firemen; mythological reptile, resembling a lizard, that was said to live in fire and endure the flames without burning
hearth symbolism the floor of a fireplace, a symbol of the home
The Sand and the Sieve this calls back to Montag’s childhood when his cousin said he would give Montag a dime if he could fill the sieve with sand; of course, it wouldn’t fill no matter how fast Montag tried to put sand in it. this relates to when he tries to memorize Ecclesiastes on the train while the commercial is playing, messing with his mind.
burning bright the city is burning brightly from destruction, but the spirit of Granger and his people is also burning brightly, as they hope to rebuild society.
mirror symbolism Granger comments that they will first need to build a mirror factory to take a long look at themselves;Mirrors are a symbol of self-understanding and seeing oneself clearly

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