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Fahrenheit 451 allusions

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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 allusions

Fahrenheit 451 allusions
by: Steven Cooper

Allusion in context
"Its fine work, Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan."
Edna St. Vincent Millay
-Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland,Maine on february 22 1892.
- She was a very well known poet who wrote many famous poems including "A few Figs from Thistle" and "The Lamp and the Bell".
-The piece " A Few Figs From Thistle"Gained much recognition and controversy for its subject matter of femeinism and female freedom which was a very frowned upon subject in the 1920's.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay is important to our history for providing us with her efforts of including femeinistic and overall rebellious ideas in her poetry in which made her a very important and intelligent poet in society. (poets.org)
Relate allusion to novel pt. 1
- In this moment, Montag is talking to Clarisse about his occupation as a fireman.
- In the quote he states his slogan is that of burning authors on certain days of the week and stating his job as a fireman is "fine work".
- Clarisse walks on a bit longer with Montag and asks "is it true that firemen used to put out fires instead os start them" (Bradbury,1993,P.12.)
-This allusion characterizes Montag as being unintelligent (at this point in the novel) and being one sided in favor of the fire department.
-This allusion shows the fault of burning books and getting rid of knowledge by how Montag just simply says " Monday burn Millay" with no emotion and says it as if it has no true meaning in which it does.
-This develops the conflict of Montag later on rebelling against the fire dept. and law in the society by reading books and applying the knowledge in the books to his everyday descions which in turn boost his thinking critically ability.
Relate allusion to novel pt. 2
-This allusion relates to the theme of finding truth in a world of lies.
-The allusion relates by showing how Montag ( currently being lied to about books) seeks to find the truth about books after he meets with clarisse and states his quote of "Monday Burn Millay".
-I also think that the allusion shows the average persons ignorance of books at that point in time by suggesting to burn a book containing a very deep based poet who transcends her messages about life through poems like its nothing and that burning the book will have no result, whilst it actually does.
References
Bradbury, R.D,(1993). Fahrenheit 451
Academy of American poets, (2014). Poets.org
Poetry Foundation,(2014).PoetryFoundation.org
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