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Color Tracing When an author writes a quality piece of work he or she puts a lot of effort into his or her writing in attempt to convey the inner theme or motif of the work to the reader To do this writers usually use literary devices such as irony characterization and diction A writers diction or choice of words is usually expressed in patterns which can be traced throughout the work by color tracing Color tracing is recognizing certain groups of words and taking note of them to get a better idea of the authors thoughts or the theme of the story In the novel Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury uses many different colors to illuminate the themes of the story The predominate colors are red and orange and are seen all throughout the story beginning with the title These colors symbolize such items as fire flames and blazing he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black Montag is a fireman and his profession can be conceived as red and orange burn em to ashes then burn the ashes Thats our official slogan When Montags wife Mildred overdoses on medicine the men come and pump her stomach This machine pumped all of the blood from the body and replaced it with fresh blood and serum Mildred is forced to have her damaged poisoned soul replaced with a new clean one The red blood symbolizes peoples souls and how they can be damaged and can be color traced through the story Also orange is the color of the brass nozzle the salamander and the golden pole which all symbolize objects of the firemen who burn and destroy Another two colors which contrast rather than correspond are black and white In the novel shades of black can be seen in objects or emotions that are associated with
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