Fahrenheit 451 Allusion Analysis

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Sanchit Pokharel
Mrs. T. Bernie
31 October 2015
Allusion in Fahrenheit 451
In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the author uses many metaphors and allusions to link his book with historic and religious events that have occurred. One historic allusion that Bradbury has put in his book is an allusion that involves Benjamin Franklin.
Born on January 17, 1706, in Boston Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin was a politician, writer, scientist, and inventor that is known as one of the founding fathers of America. As a child, Benjamin enjoyed reading and writing. He went to grammar school for three years starting at the age of eight but was taken out because it was too costly. At the age of twelve, Ben got an apprenticeship as a printer in his
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He ran away to Pennsylvania, Philadelphia which turned out to be his home for the rest of his life and the place where he began his career and received recognition for his contributions. Some of Franklin’s contributions included organizing America’s first lending library in 1731, launching the first American Philosophical society in 1743, establishing Pennsylvania’s Hospital in 1751, and establishing America’s first volunteer fire department in 1736. Franklin was also known for his theories with electricity, his inventions such as the lighting rod, his pieces of literature, and his role in negotiation of the 1783 treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary war.

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In Fahrenheit 451, the allusion of Benjamin Franklin states, “Established, 1790, to burn English- influenced books in the colonies. First Firemen: Benjamin Franklin. RULE 1. Answer the