Powerful Imagery

By: Ryan Lee

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"One day it was raining, the next it was clear, the day after that the wind blew strong, and the day after that it was mild and calm, and the day after that calm day was a day like the furnace of summer and Clarisse with her face all sunburnt by late afternoon.(Bradbury 28)


Analysis: At this quote Montag is describing the days that have gone by. But while he is doing this he is also creating a visual in the readers mind to show how day after day the what is going on here. Also he is describing how Clarisse looks after this one day when Bradbury says it was like the furnace of summer.

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“I’ve got to see my psychiatrist now. They make me go. I make up things to say. I don’t know what he thinks of me. He says I’m a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers’” (22).


Analysis: In this quote Clarisse is talking to Montag because she has to go to the psychiatrist. She has to go there because the government doesn't like her always hiking alone because it gives her time to think about what is really going on in this civilization. Also the psychiatrist says she's a regular onion meaning the she like a lot of other people go here for reasons just like hers, too much time alone to think.

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“Beatty was looking at him as if he were a museum statue. At any moment, Beatty might rise and walk about him, touching exploring his guilt and self-consciousness” (33).


Analysis: On page 33, Montag was describing Beatty's movements during this part where he is looking at past firemen. Here they use a lot of imagery to describe Beatty. When Montag said Beatty was as if he was a museum statue he was saying how he was so still and almost not breathing because he was so guilty for what the dead firemen he is looking at.

“A book lit, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering. In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open and it was like a snowy feather, the words delicately painted thereon” (37).


Analysis: This quote is when Montag and the other firemen burned down the ladies house and as when the books were getting blown up and the pages were fluttering out of the books like dead birds falling out of the sky. Also Bradbury's use of words and imagery during this part of the book was great like right here it just shows how he's connecting the open, burning books falling out of the house like birds covered with words on them.

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“Mildred stood over his bed…the body as thin as a praying mantis from dieting, and her flesh like white bacon” (48).


Analysis: At this quote Montag is very sick and Mildred at this point all she can do is try to help. Just like it says on the quote Montag was as thin as a praying mantis on a diet and his flesh was like white bacon. Which this is really saying how skinny he was because when your sick you lose weight. Also from just the way Bradbury says it, his flesh like white bacon is saying how pale he is.