Essay On Symbolism In Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. This novel, Fahrenheit 451, is about people living in a future society. They are not allowed to read books so the “firemen” burn the books that are found. The books give them ideas and in this society ideas make you think. Thinking is thought of evil or breaking the law. Montag, the main character, is a “fireman” and he loves to burn the books. He starts reading some of the books, then falls in love with them. After he has read them, he has to burn them, but Montag does not want to. He rebels against the rules and ends up getting caught. All his belongings were burnt down due to Beatty, a fireman, made Montag set his own house on fire. Montag runs away and gets far from this society of nothingness. Fahrenheit 451 is very symbolic, because throughout the whole book there are so many items that have different meanings. The salamander, Hound, and phoenix are three of the many symbols in Fahrenheit 451.…show more content…
Ray Bradbury writes, “ He pulled out the igniter, felt the salamander etched on its silver disc, gave it a flick,” (Bradbury 13). The salamander is the firetruck that the men, like Montag, use to burn the books in the houses down. They call it a salamander because salamanders can withstand a very high temperature. The fire trucks hold the flame throwers for the “fireman” to use. “ His foot kicked. The object gave a dull clink and slid off in darkness” said by Bradbury (13). Montag was getting out of the salamander and he hit his foot on the side of it. The salamander is a enormous part of the book since it’s what the fireman stand for and symbolizes fire as well as destruction. Book burning is an extensive part of this novel. The salamander symbolizes the main idea of this book since every time the salamander is around there’s
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