metaphor for burning books
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I believe he described them as firefly's and flapping pigeon wings.
He described the burning books as firefly's and flapping pigeon wings.
In the opening scene of Fahrenheit 451, the burning books are likened to 'flapping pigeon-winged books.' This metaphor highlights the way books react once set on fire. Books flap in a sense when on fire. Books also represent freedom of thought just as a bird is free. It also signifies one's imagination which enable one to embark on an inner journey of self-discovery, self-awareness and self-growth.