The Symbolism Of Fire In Fahrenheit 451

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Fire is a symbol that is seen throughout the novel, and over the course of the story, it represents multiple ideas. In the beginning, fire respresented destruction and power. Montag and the other firemen used fire as a tool to burn away anything undesired, such as books, knowledge, and even people. It was the fireman’s job to destroy anything that was causing unhappiness or discomfort. Fire became something to fear, and this fear was how firemen, like Beatty, became so powerful. Fire also symbolised parts of Montag. Like a roaring fire, Montag was fierce, uncontrollable, and quite destructive. Acting spontaneously, Montag’ let’s his passion guide him when he pulls out the book in front of the other housewives, and when he burns Beatty to death
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