F451 Essay: UGH!

I picked the second prompt for this essay, btw.

If there's one thing I won't forget from this book, it's the paragraph in which Bradbury described the sound of the bomber jets flying over Montag's house and how quiet it made Montag's whisper seem. Throughout the book, Bradbury effectively uses syntax and figures of speech to show the differences between Montag's inner world and the world around him. We see the differences between the chaos that occurs in the outside world and Montag's calmer inner world.
     The best example from the book that shows the differences between Montag's inner world and outer work through syntax is the paragraph where Montag finds Mildred overdosed. At this point of the book, everyone was preparing to go into war; we know this because we get introduced to bomber jets in the beginning of the book. In this paragraph, Bradbury brilliantly uses juxtaposition; he describes the chaos of the outer world first and ends the paragraph with a short phrase describing Montag's whisper. In this book, something I noticed is how Bradbury uses such long sentences at times to describe the outer world, but when it comes to Montag, he uses short sentences. It almost indirectly characterizes Montag; the sentences used to describe Montag are simple, and we see that in the book, Montag is a pretty simple guy. It's the opposite with descriptions of the outer world; Bradbury paints a very clear picture using various forms of imagery and the reader really gets a feel of how chaotic the setting really is at times, especially towards the end where war truly breaks out. As Montag changes, Bradbury's way of describing him changes as well. In the beginning of the book, we see Montag as this calm and collected character. Towards the end of the book, he turns into a bit of a trainwreck, following the event with Beatty. There is so much going on in his head at that time, and Bradbury effectively shows that to the reader; as the book progresses, the way Bradbury describes the outer world and Montag's inner world become very similar, as opposed to the very beginning when they were very different.


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