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Allusions in Fahrenheit 451

An analysis of two allusions found in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Ethan Thomas

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Allusions in Fahrenheit 451

Allusions in Fahrenheit 451 Allusion Background Connection Allusion Background Connections Hands gloved
with blood Machiavelli Presentation by: Ethan Thomas Niccolo Machiavelli
Yearned to be an influential political figure
Had good intentions
Accomplished writer Video Summary Machiavelli was a rising political figure with good intentions
Dismissed from office when the Medici overthrew the republic and gained rule
Wrote a pamphlet titled "The Prince" in effort to persuade the Medici that he was a worthy leader and deserved a political position
Pamphlet was based on a totalitarian government, influenced by Cesare Borgia, a prominent political figure of Machiavelli's time
Pamphlet was leaked to public and citizens veiwed Machiavelli as a corrupt, insane individual Context The allusion was utilized in the novel when Granger was listing off the books, authors and characters that are a part of people in their society. When Bradbury decided to place Machiavelli's name in the book, I think he was just naming authors or important figures in the literature world. He simply picked names and they just so happened to work out.
On the other hand, when you look deeper into the selection, there is a large connection to be found. Machiavelli died in shame. His society cringed at the mention of his name. He chose the path less traveled and acted on his thoughts, just as Guy Montag did. Montag believed that books were a necessity even though his peers were taught otherwise.
Both of the men acted on what they thought was right. In the beginning, their actions were frowned upon but after time they were viewed as bold, brave and neccesary. Often associated with guilt
Shakespeare reference Connection to Shakespeare Hands gloved in blood is often associated with Lady Macbeth, a character in one of Shakespeare's pieces
Shakespeare lived during the Elizabethan era which was a revival of the arts and such in England
Crime and punishment were two very important subjects during the Elizabethan era This allusion was used to represent the guilt that Montag felt. He was supporting the idea of books in a place where the main objective was to burn any novels in the possesion of citizens. Montag was in the firehouse literally to wash away his remorse for his actions.
The Shakespeare part of the allusion plays a big part as well. Shakespeare lived during and was a part of the Elizabethan era, a revival or the arts. The punishment of crimes was a top priority during the era just as it is in Montag's society. The allusion subtly connects Montag and Shakespeare's societies and shows the similarities. I don't belive that this was Bradbury's main intention but it definitely worked in his favor. Context The allusion was used when Montag was in the firehouse repeatedly washing his hands. Works cited
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