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Fahrenheit 451 Allusions Part 1
Fahrenheit 451 Allusions Part 1
Allusions: Fahrenheit 451
1. Allusion:Juan Ramón
Quote from Fahrenheit 451:“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” (page -1)
Original Source or Context: Juan Ramón Jiménez was a spanish poet who lived in the late 1800s and received a nobel prize in literature. His poems were largely about his many lovers. Jiménez won his nobel prize in 1956, which is probably how Ray Bradbury came to know his work so well.
Effect/Insight: (page -1) The quote was written as a forethought. It was put there to give the reader an idea of what was going on in the book. Montag went against the status quo and tried to change the way people lived.
2. Allusion: Millay, Edna St. Vincent
Quote from Fahrenheit 451:” It’s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan.” pg. 8
Original Source or Context: She was an american poet and playwright in the 1920’s. She also got the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923.
Effect/Insight: She was a Pulitzer winner that’s works were burned in the book, this is effective because this shows how popular she was.
3. Allusion: Whitman, Walt
Quote from Fahrenheit 451: “It’s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan.” PG. 8
Original Source or Context: Walt Whitman is America’s world poet. Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant nineteenth century poets. Born on Long Island, Whitman grew up in Brooklyn and received limited formal education. His occupations during his lifetime included printer, schoolteacher, reporter, and editor
Effect/Insight: I think Bradbury used all poets in this quote to foreshadow Montag reading the poem to Mildreds friend and his world falling apart.
4. Allusion: Faulkner, William
Quote from Fahrenheit 451: “It’s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan.”
Original Source or Context: Will Faulkner, was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from
. Faulkner worked in a variety of media; he wrote
during his career.
Effect/Insight: I think Bradbury used all poets in this quote to foreshadow Montag reading the poem to Mildreds friend and his world falling apart. His poems reflect society.
5. Allusion: Phoenix
Quote from Fahrenheit 451: “There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he build a pyre and burnt himself up.”
Original Source or Context: A phoenix is a mythological creature that is born from the ashes of the previous phoenix. It was adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity of resurrection, immortality, and life after death and is a reference for modern culture. According to Greek mythology, only one Phoenix can live at a time.
Effect/Insight: Bradbury is talking about how the Phoenix dies and turns into ashes but a new one is born from the ashes. It’s referring to how the characters do the same thing except that the characters know what happened before and will remember it while something new and better comes along.
6. Allusion: Benjamin Franklin
Quote from Fahrenheit 451: Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin. Page 34
Original Source or Context This means that he was the first person to burn books but the book say that he established the first fire brigade in Philadelphia. He actually stopped the fires but some people still burnt the books. it was a protest against Great Britain.
Effect/Insight It is said to have been put in the book because Bradbury wants to get Beatty’s point across.
7. Allusion: "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out."
Quote from Fahrenheit 451: (quote the original passage containing the allusion and cite its page number): "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out." pg. 36
Original Source or Context:
A man named Hugh Latimer said that to a man named Nicholas Ridley, as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy, on October 16, 1555.
Later Captain Beatty reveals the context of the quote. This indicates the woman's willingness to die for her books, and that the reason she was being burned was for heresy just as Latimer and Ridley were. Beatty's ability to explain this also adds depth to his character, as he must have read that information to recall what it came from.
8. Allusion: Tower of Babel
Quote from Fahrenheit 451:
"You know the law," said Beatty. "Where's your common sense? None of these books agree with each other. You've been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel. Snap out of it! The people in these books never lived. Come on now!"
Original Source or Context: Nimrod and his people tried to make a tower that would go up to the heavens but God found out and got angry, he struck down on it and it crumbled and it made everyone speak different languages so they had to go out and preach to different lands.
Effect/Insight: I think the author used it because just like the people the built the tower and knew it was bad Guy still read so both of them had a punishment.
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