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Fahrenheit 451 Allusions Project

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Elizabeth Hall

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Allusions Project Fahrenheit 451 About the allusion Even though Dr. Johnson quoted this allusion, it was actually written down by one of his good friends, James Boswell. James Boswell was born into royalty in Scotland. After a harsh childhhod, James had a breakdown. At around age 20, James met Dr. Johnson in a book shop. This was the beginning of their friendship. I think this quote shows the feelings of Dr. Johnson after first meeting James and discovering their new friendship. Connection to Fahrenheit 451 The friendship of James Boswell and Dr. Johnson is what caused this allusion and it connects to the friendship of Montag and Faber. Like Dr. Johnson and James, Montag and Faber met randomly but almost immediatly became friends. Montag and Faber's personalities interested the other and they learned that they liked the same things. After they met, they became forever friends, like James and Dr. Johnson. This relates to Fahrenheit 451 on page 71 and on lines 14-18. "The dignitiy of truth is lost with much protesting" Quoted by Ben Jonson "We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed..." Quoted by Dr. Johnson About the allusion Ben Jonson lived from 1573 to 1637. His occupations were a dramatist and poet. Ben lived in England his whole life and fought in a war, as well as studied under various masters. He loved to act but was very poor. Eventually, he died of poverty near the Abbey. Ben must have been an influental person considering he is the only person buried in an upright position in Westminster Abbey and had a monument erected to him. I think Ben said this quote because he wanted everyone to know that they should do what's right. I think Ben's inner fire came from fighting in the war and his experiences with poverty. Connection to Fahrenheit 451 This allusion connects to page 107 on lines 5-8 in Fahrenheit 451 because Beatty tries to convince Montag that what he did was wrong. Montag tried to get away with keeping books in his house in hope to save them because he knew it was the right thing to do. When Beatty figured out what Montag was doing, he purposely drove all of the firemen to Montag's house. Next, Beatty tried to make Montag feel guilty for what he did. I think that Beatty knew that what Montag did was right, but he didn't want to risk getting in trouble with the government. This relates to Ben Jonson's quote "The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting" because Beatty tried to make Montag rethink his actions by argueing against what he did even though he knew it was the right thing to do. Dr. Johnson James Boswell Ben Jonson By: Elizabeth Hall Works Cited Frandzen, Thomas. "James Boswell." Welcome to James Boswell .info. Yale University, Dec. 2004. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. Levy, Imogen. "History." Ben Jonson. Westminister Abbey Foundation, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. Vanderleun. "James Boswell." James Boswell. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. Jokinen, Anniina. "Ben Jonson (1572-1637)." Ben Jonson (1572-1637). National Portrait Gallery, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. N/A. "James Boswell." James Boswell. American Authors and Writers, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.
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