There were many allusions to literature throughout this
novel, mainly because the book focused on the censorship of novels and other
types of writings. These allusions were made to strengthen the impact the
fireman had on residences and just how serious they were about it. Many great
novels and ideas were lost to history in the novel due to the censorship and the
allusions help to show that point. Below are some allusions in reference to
literature found in the novel. There were many allusions so some are not on here
or only briefly listed.
?It?s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn
?em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That?s our official slogan.?
?Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.?
?We burnt copies of Dante and Swift and Marcus Aurelius.?
?But many were those whose sole knowledge of Hamlet ( you know the title
certainly, Montag; it is probably only a faint rumor of a title to you, Mrs.
Montag) . . . .?
"Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people
don't feel good about Uncle Tom?s Cabin. Burn it."
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?How many copies of Shakespeare and Plato??
??Dover Beach.? His mouth went numb.?
??There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats, for I am arm?d so strongly
in honesty that they pass me as an idle wind, which I respect not!??
??I want you to meet Jonathan Swift, the author of the that evil political
book, Gulliver?s Travels! And this other fellow is Charles Darwin . . .
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.??