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The author uses a metaphor to describe a fireman Guy Montag

The author uses a metaphor to describe a fireman Guy Montag compares himself burning a fire to a conductor at a symphony This portrays Guy s thoughts on his job Symphonies are usually thought as beautiful that is what Guy thinks burning books is The author uses this metaphor to show how in this society burning books is thought as being a respectable job Guy Montag is a fireman who meets Clarisse McClellan Guy Montag sets books on fire because it is illegal to read books This is similar to the society in the Harrison Bergeron story The people in that society are oppressed and cannot be themselves In this society people are not allowed to read books or think about certain topics I predict there will be a significant reason why they are not allowed to read books After talking with Clarisse she asks Montag if he is happy At first he dismisses it and says he is happy After thinking about it for a while he realizes he is not happy at all Guy Montag had not been happy for a long time but had never thought about it until Clarisse mentioned it I can relate to Clarisse when she calls herself antisocial in the sense that socializing should just be two people having a conversation This quote also shows how peculiar Clarisse is she is the only one in her school who likes to think and isn't interested in going to a Fun Park or hurting someone Clarisse was not normal compared to the rest of society She is the one who gets Guy to start thinking about the world and the past The fact that the she would just vanish is strange The society they live in thinks it's not normal to think differently I don t believe Clarisse and her family just left out of the blue the officials might be involved in their disappearance The author adds this to show how Guy Montag is developing 

2 pages | 662 words

Andrea Levy's Small Island

Andrea Levy's Small Island is a tale set in England before and after the year 1948 and based around the lives of four characters including Hortense Gilbert Queenie and Bernard Throughout the novel the characters Gilbert and Queenie struggle with complications to their identity in one main form race The topic of race and racism is in this novel is particularly prevalent as it is set in a time when colored people such as Gilbert were discriminated against In the novel a person's identity or the idea of a person's identity is completely engulfed by race as portrayed through Gilbert s life Their race affects their social class and predetermines their social relations Although Queenie is a Caucasian woman Queenie is also able to feel the effects of race s hold on identity in a similar way Hortense and Gilbert do showcasing that race did not only affect colored people Gilbert Hortense s husband Queenie s friend and British soldier is the character mostly experienced the vile extent of race s grasp on a person's identity

1 pages | 349 words