From the opening pages of Bradbury’s novel, it is clear to the reader that metaphors and similes will be essential in understanding the story. The creation of vivid imagery (both literal and figurative imagery) is a key tool that Bradbury uses to help us experience his fictional world.

On the first page, the hose for Montag’s flame thrower is described as a “python” (a snake), and Montag’s hands are “the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies….” The ashes of the burning books are “a swarm of fireflies.” I think this figurative imagery helps the reader experience the physical and emotional “pleasure” that Montag feels when he burns the books. I think these metaphors are used to make us feel disturbed by the joy and beauty Montag experiences.