Allusion Chart for Fahrenheit 451 Using allusions is a form of


Allusion from text

(As you come across the allusions when you read, include what page you found it on)

Master Ridley pg. 36 Historical

Allusion Chart for Fahrenheit 451

Using allusions is a form of author’s craft: think of it as another lens through which to gain deeper understanding of a text.

By understanding why certain references are made in texts, it helps us gain deeper insight and understanding of theme. This will take some time on your part to keep up with, and to complete the research, but ultimately it will deepen your understanding of the text and why Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451.

Type of Allusion Background on Allusion Deeper layer of meaning added to text by using the allusion

Tower of Babel pg. 38 Biblical

A man named Latimer said that to a man named

Nicholas Ridley as they were being burnt alive at

Oxford, for heresy, on

October 16, 1555. They were both Protestants who wanted to deepen the protestant religion in

England, even though it was against the will of

Queen Mary.

The Tower of Babel has come to symbolize a noisy confusion of voices or a chaotic mixture of languages.

Walt Whitman

Alighieri Dante

“It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end”


Thomas Jefferson

Henry Davis Thoreau

“Consider the lilies of the field ...”

The Book of Job

“Who are a little wise, the best fools be”

“Words are like leaves and where they most abound,

Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found”

“Old Montag wanted to fly near the Sun and ... he's burned his wings”