Biblical Allusions in Fahrenheit 451

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In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, any reader can pick out obvious religious allusions the other uses. One does not have to be an expert on the Bible to notice these small yet important pieces of information (Foster, 54). Allusions in novels help the reader to better visualize the described scene by referencing a familiar work. Thomas C. Foster’s explanation of the use of allusions made the allusions to the Bible in Fahrenheit 451 stand out even more than they already did. This book is centered on the burning of all books because they have been forbidden for many years. The firemen answer to a call to the home of a woman who has many books hidden in her attic. She is stubborn and does not leave her books, knowing that she along with the home would go up in flames (Bradbury, 35). In this scene, the woman is representative of a martyr in the Bible. She is actually giving up her life for what she believes is right and good for the society. Before leaving her home, Beatty also refers to the Tower of Babel in his persuasion to get her out alive. One of those forbidden books is the Bible, and Montag, the protagonist, is probably the only person left with a copy of it (Bradbury, 77). Montag’s ally, Faber, reads from the book of Job to calm Montag as he prepares to act on his feelings toward books. The story he reads from the Bible is about whether or not Job will remain faithful through the tough times he is living in, and this parallels Montag’s decision of whether or not to endure despite the difficulty of facing society’s hatred of books. Another important allusion to the Bible is when Faber is directly speaking about Jesus’ gradual distancing from society because everyone has pushed Him away. He discusses how “Christ is one of the ‘family’ now” (77) and wonders if even God recognizes His own son in the ruined society they live in. After Montag’s visit to Faber’s
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