Several characters in “Fahrenheit 451” found ways of describing inanimate and unnatural elements as animate beings and comparing them with things that are abundant in nature. Sometimes, it was almost as if these things had become one with nature themselves.
– for example, when Beatty likens the burning pages of a book to beautiful black butterflies,
– drawing comparisons between the society and a “cave”,
– comparing the burning pages of a book to ice sculptures that are melting under the sun,
– referring to a cold expression as a “mask of ice”,
– Bradbury comparing books to birds, while Montag is compared to a predatory python (that preys on the birds) ‘. . . while the fluttering pigeon-winged books kicked the bucket on the yard and grass of the house. ‘ Bradbury’s similitude compares the burning of the books to the butchering of sentient beings with life.