Fahrenheit 451

Describe the effort of the Parataxis. How does it replicate imagery?

"One drop of rain. Clarisse. Another drop. Mildred. A third. The uncle. A fourth. The fire tonigt. One, Clarisse. Two, MIldred. Three, uncle. Four, fire. One, Mildred, two, Clarisse. One, two, three, four, five, Clarisse, MIldred, uncle, fire, sleeping tablets, men disposable tissue, coattails, blow, wad, flush. One, two three, one, two, three! Rain. The storm. The uncle laughing Thunder falling downstairs. The whole world pouring down around in a spouting roar and rivering stream toward moring." (p15)

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Parataxis is a literary technique that favors short, simple sentences. Usually this type of diction is used to emphasize a point using simplicity rather than detail. These short phrase-like sentences appeal to simple imagery and is consistent with the "less is more" stylistic method of writing. I recall Cormac McCarthy creating a beautiful narrative using this style in his book "The Road".