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Allusions in Farenheit 451

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Transcript of Allusions in Farenheit 451

Character: Mrs. Phelps
"In again out again Finnegan"
Why did Ray Bradbury include this allusion in the novel?
I believe that Ray Bradbury included this quote in his novel to develop more of a character for Mildred's. Montag reads this quote and Mildred says that she understands it. This shows her true nature. She is a conceited person.
Why did Ray Bradbury include this allusion in the novel?
I believe Ray Bradbury included this in his novel to really express how unimportant it was to Mrs. Phelps that her husband is going off to war. Where there should be worry, anxiety and fear for her husbands well- being, there is shrugging and dismissal. She does not give this topic another thought. In our life currently, and Ray Bradbury's life at the time, most married couples took care of each other and would be devastated if anything happened to their peer. But supposedly, life in Fahrenheit 451 is different in which they do not feel this way, or they are simply hiding their true feelings very, very well.
By Natalie Miller
Allusions in Fahrenheit 451
Page Number: P92
Current Event: This allusion is used by Mrs. Phelps while in conversation about her husband going off to war. Those included are Montag, Mildred, and Mrs.
What is this originally from?
This phrase, "In again out again, Finnegan", comes from the telegram sent from Finnegan to his employer, telling of a rail crash. "Off again, on again, gone again, Finnegan." Through many years, this phrase has been modified to its current form as written in the book.
What does this mean?
This phrase is known to express the quickness and trivialness of someone or something's arrival/departure. For example, a basketball announcer used this phrase to describe the basketball dangerously circling the hoop, but coming right back out.

"That favorite subject, Myself"
What does this mean?
What is this originally from?
Character: Guy Montag
Page Number: P72
Current Event: Mildred and Montag are sitting in their house reading the books that were hidden in their ventilator grille. One book mentions this quote
This allusion in quoting James Boswell, a Scottish lawyer living in the mid 1700's.
This quote means that whoever said this (James Boswell) is extremly full of themselves. They find themselves the most interesting topic to think/speak of.
Why did Bradbury include so
many allusions in Fahrenheit 451?
I think Ray Bradbury included so many allusions in his novel, to relate the story to the reader's own lives. This way, the readers will be more connected and feel more involved in the story. It also spurs the thought that this could happen in our lives if we are not careful to preserve literature and information. Allusions also help to make the story more realistic and believable for the readers.
Work Cited
"1. Uncertain Quotations and Allusions." <i>Biblical Quotations and Allusions in Second Temple Jewish Literature</i> (2011): 345-78. Web.
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