Symbols In Fahrenheit 451

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Setting- The setting in “Fahrenheit 451” takes place around the 24th century in a suburban city where all people are isolated watching television. People do not enjoy reading books, going outside in nature or have conversations with other people. All the people drive very fast and watch so much television and listen to the radio constantly. "How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in?” (Bradbury). Also in this book firemen start fires instead of putting them out. The firefighters are almost scary and brutal in this story.

The Author- The author Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan Illinois and died on June 5, 2012, Los Angles California. He is famous for his fantastic book “Fahrenheit 451” but he has also written many different novels. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts for his outstanding short stories and books. One of Ray’s famous quotes is “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” (Bradbury). And another one is “You don't have to burn books to destroy a …show more content…

But one is “Fire” and “451”. These are very symbolic because in “Fahrenheit 451” it symbolizes two things through the firemen, firemen burn books and wear the number "451" on all of their helmets. And for many years fire has symbolized destruction. But “451” is very symbolic because the books and papers burn at 451 degrees. “It was a pleasure to burn.” (Bradbury).

Tone- The tone in “Fahrenheit 451” is very dramatic and futuristic. Some of the characters and events are more extreme instead of being more realistic. For example that knowledge is a bad thing and that all books must be burned. The tone is also very futuristic because it takes place in a time period where everything revolves around technology; people stay at home all day watch weird television shows. "Those who don't build must burn"

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