Archetypes In Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Kirin Chhikara Pre AP English 9 10/1/15 Fahrenheit 451 Essay Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 uses archetypes such as animal imagery and censorship to establish theme. A Society cannot suppress people's natural instincts, despite their hold on the general public’s view. animal imagery is seen all throughout Ray Bradbury’s novel. Often used when referring to anything cold and mechanical featured in the story. The very first example is at the beginning of the novel. Montag is burning down the house, when he refers to the hose as a snake. “With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world.” This simple substitution of words for the object. shows that Montag is enjoying this action with deep satisfaction. This tells the reader that even with this standardized society people still act with natural urges.…show more content…
“Below, the hound had slunk back down upon it’s eight incredible legs,” This shows how the hound itself does not really look like a dog at all. The fact that the machine is called a hound despite it’s appearance shows that the basic associations with machines and nature are still apparent. Montag and everyone else treat like a living animal while knowing it’s not alive, calling it a hound just shows that ideas and patterns from nature can not be removed from society. Another example of animal imagery is when Montag takes Mildred to the hospital after she downs an entire bottle of pills. “One of them slid into your stomach like a black cobra down an echoing well,” He compares the stomach pump to a snake, Montag sees a snake in the equipment even though it function in reality has nothing to do

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