Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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“The mechanical hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live” (Bradbury, 21). Author Ray Bradbury masterfully uses poetic devices to help him convey the meaning of his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. The novel contains interesting plots and characters that contrast the norm and defy all logic. This recurring presence of paradoxes can be exemplified thoroughly though the novel’s futuristic society and the ones that lie within it. Bradbury’s brilliant use of paradoxes is apparent through Mildred, Montag, and society. Although Mildred does not physically die during the duration of the novel, she is depicted as lifeless. Through the description of Montag 's room, one can see that it is a symbolic representation of Mildred. Montag describes the room as, " [a] mausoleum after the moon has set. Complete darkness, not a hint of the silver world outside, the windows tightly shut, the chamber a tomb world where no sound from the great city could penetrate" (Bradbury,11). Then, Bradbury goes on to refer to the room as empty despite the fact Mildred physically resides there. (Bradbury, 12). This description thoroughly illustrates Mildred 's presence as a paradox. To explain, the emphasis of the room 's separation from the outside world represents Mildred 's separation from society, and likewise the dark and empty description of the room effectively depicts Mildred 's isolation from reality represents the existence of Mildred 's physical body while her mind is absent.…

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