‘It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.’
Ray Bradbury opens his novel with a very powerful line, this specific quote in the book sets a very dramatic scene. The tone of this line comes across as somewhat evil, it is supposably spoken by a fireman. The description of the books in this line appears to project a weak atmosphere making the books seem helpless.
‘Their names leapt in fire, burning down the years under his axe and his hose which sprayed not water but kerosene.’
The author boldly illustrates this particular line by using personification to communicate with the reader. The line ‘names leapt in fire’ clearly suggests that the authors of the books are being perished in the fire as well. Everything to do with the book especially the writer is dying along with his/her creation. In my opinion, this is a sad image because it seems as though there has been a tragic death in the scene.
In either scene, books are undeniably seen as inferior to everything.