Fahrenheit 451 literary devices

protagonist main characterguy Montag
antagonist against the protagonistBeatty
characterization techniques writers use to develop characters
symbol person, place, or object that represents something beyond itselfExample: phoenix/people at the end, burned up then rose upExample: The Bible; Clarisse shows what Montag is missingExample: salmander
metaphor direct comparison NOT using like or asExample: “the land rushed at him, a tidal wave”Example: “knowledge is power””the woman on the bed was no more than marble”
simile comparison using like or asExample: “turned the men over like dominos in a line”
theme moral of the story; the messageExample: Ignorance of the people; ignorance is not bliss – if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something
climax turning point; intensity reaches highest pointExample: when Montag’s house is burned and when he kills Beatty; Montag and firemen going to burn down Montag’s house
falling action occurs after climax; shows results and resolves loose ends
resolution wrapping up loose endsExample: rebuilding society “the right way”
plot series of events through which the writer reveals what is happening
verbal irony occurs when someone says one thing but means anotherExample: every time Montag says he is in love and happy
dramatic irony contrast between what a character knows and what the reader knowsExample: that Montag has a book
narrator character or voice from whose point of view the story is toldF451: 3rd person omniscient
author person who wrote the bookF451: Ray Bradbury
genre category of literatureF451: science fiction
conflict struggle between opposing forceshuman vs. human: Clarisse vs. Mildredhuman vs. himself/herself: Montag vs. Montag

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