English 2 Honors
September 8 2015
Bradbury’s use of language in Fahrenheit 451
In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury uses different language patterns in his writing, when each idea could be thought of differently. When he talks about burning books one may take it as he is literally burning a book or connecting it to our world today and metaphorically burning a book. Bradbury uses Irony, comparisons, repetition, and symbols in his book Fahrenheit 451.
To begin with, Bradbury uses Irony and contradiction throughout his writing in his book Fahrenheit 451. He has switched up the society where everything is “backwards” he has firefighter Montag saying “It was a pleasure to burn.” The irony in that is that normally we think of firefighters putting out fires, but in Bradbury’s society he writes about firefighters burning down books and the houses that contained the books. In addition to the firefighters burning, Bradbury also gives mechanical objects contradiction to itself. When he introduces the mechanical hound he described it as “[it] lived but did not live”, which is a contradiction in the sentence itself. He is stating that although it may seem alive it is very much dead in a way that it is only a mechanical object being programmed to be more ergonomic in helping the firefighters with people that are not following the laws about books.
As well as the irony Bradbury put into his book Fahrenheit 451 he also put in repetition and symbols in it. In the very first sentence he writes “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure… to see things blackened and changed.” He uses that sentence to introduce the book to show how corrupt the society is in Fahrenheit 451, to show how a firefighter would have the thought of being ecstatic while burning books. It also shows how the culture influences the people and puts ideas like that into the firefighters mind that one today may think is absurd. As well as the repetition Bradbury...