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Fahrenheit 451 Allusions

Allusions in the book by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451 Allusions Project Edna St. Vincent Millay "My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends- it gives a lovely light!" Background Information In the text:
"He felt his smile slide
away, melt, fold over down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning to long and now collapsing and now blown out." (Bradbury, 8) The original context of this quote was in Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry book, entitled A Few Figs from Thistles. Edna is an American poet who wrote many different poetry ensembles. The title of the piece the quote comes from is first fig. One of her other books, portrays the transformation of a soul when taken in with God whereas the poems in this book are contradicted with the other book, in a feeling of distrust and honesty/ straightforwardness. Dr. Samuel Johnson "Knowledge is more than equivalent to force." In text:
"'Power,' I said. And you quoting Dr. Johnson, said 'Knowledge is more than equivalent to force!'" (Bradbury, 104) Background information This from Chapter 13 of Dr. Johnson's book, Rasselas. The meaning of this quote is that if you have knowledge, you can fight as easily as if you have power or force. Although, this statement says they are MORE than equivalent. This means that they can both be used in an effective way and that knowledge is the same or even more than the same, than force. Prince of Abissinia was it's original name. This is supposed to be an apologue or a moral fable on happiness. Bibliography - Works Cited Johnson, Samuel. "The History of Rasselas,Prince of Abissinia." Samuel Johnson, Rasselas. Ed. Jack Lynch. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/rasselas.html>. Millay, Edna St. Vincent, Mary Mark Ockerbloom, and Frank Shay. "A FEW FIGSFROM THISTLES." A Few Figs From Thistles. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/millay/figs/figs.html>.University of Pittsburgh Library
"Edna St. Vincent Millay." : The Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/edna-st-vincent-millay>. Connection to Fahrenheit 451 This quote is related to Fahrenheit 451 not just because of the fire, but because of the idea of common sense. Just like this idea, Montag's glory won't last long, but it will be found and shown. It gives people a good idea that is like a lovely light. The burning at both ends could represent not only, his mental action but his physical action to change the world. Connection to Fahrenheit 451 This quote connects to Fahrenheit 451 with the idea of knowledge. Even though, Montag killed Beatty, it was his memorizing of the books and his idea of books that led to the city's rebuilding. It tells that knowledge is MORE than equivalent, which means it can be as good, or even more effective than power. It shows no matter what Beatty did to him or he did to Beatty, it always ends up being survival of the smartest. B By: Nora Nofal
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