Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Literary Allusions: ALL Sections • An allusion is a reference to a mythological, Biblical, literary, or historical person, place, or thing or any reference to another work of literature. • Allusions are usually brief and passing. • Allusions can enrich our reading of one text by causing us to think about another text. Literary Allusions: ALL Sections • • • • • • • • • • Page 27 – Page 32 – Page 33 – Page 35 – Page 47 – Page 56 – Page 57 – Page 67 – Page 68 – Page 72 – • • • • • • • • • • • • Page 74– Page 79– Page 82 – Page 83 to 85 – Page 89 – Page 96 – Pages 101 to 105 – Page 107 – Page 113 – Pages 143 to 147 – Page 156 – Page 158 – Literary Allusions: ASSIGNMENT 1. Provide the quote and explain the context. 2. Provide an excerpt or biography of the referenced item. 3. Explain the reference in your own words; paraphrase what it is. 4. Connect it to Fahrenheit 451 and offer up a question for consideration. Tower of Babel: • On page 38 of the novel, Beatty is yelling at the woman who chose to burn with her books. • “ ’Where’s your common sense? None of these books agree with each other. You’ve been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel. Snap out of it!’ “ Tower of Babel: Genesis 11:1-9New International Version (NIV) The Tower of Babel 11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Tower of Babel: • His mention of the Tower of Babel is an allusion to a story in the Bible. • In the Old Testament book of Genesis, everyone spoke one language. • The people built a huge tower, trying to get to heaven. • God realized they needed to be restrained from accomplishing so much. • He confused, or mixed up, their language so that everyone spoke different languages. Tower of Babel: • Mention of the Tower of Babel now means confusion and corruption of language, the disagreement between different languages, or the inability to communicate. • What do you think Beatty meant by saying this to the woman?