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Fahrenheit 451 is a futuristic novel telling the story of a time where books and independent thinking are outlawed In a time so unenlightened where those who want to better themselves by thinking are outlawed and killed Books and ideas are destroyed books are incinerated where as ideas thinking becomes a danger to society and is not tolerated Bradbury uses literary devices such as symbolism in which he portrays thethoughts of man The book recalls the effects of the Nazis and their destruction of literature and text in a new day and age Symbolism is a key element to understanding the book and its message of anti-censorship and common ignorance The Hearth and the Salamander the title of part one This example of symbolism suggests two things having to do with fire the hearth a center of emotion and heat Whereas a salamander will embrace heat and fire to gain warmth The salamander represents the main character of Guy Montag Montags occupation as a fireman is to burn books and text to erase their existence and impact on thinking The symbol of a Phoenix is used throughout the novel The Phoenix was a mythical bird of ancient Arabian legend The Phoenix symbolizes the rebirth after destruction by fire Firemen wear a crest of the Phoenix on their uniforms Montag after realizing the truth of his job opens his eyes and sees that fire and destruction has indeed destroyed his newly gained ideals he wishes to be reborn With his new ideas of knowledge he goes to Faber with ideas to save the books and he hides books in his house Montag even goes as far as stealing books from houses that he is supposed to be destroying Phoenix is reborn only to get burnt and destroyed again Like the Phoenix Guys life is a cycle of getting burnt and rebirth until one time the awayMontag escapes and where Montag kills Capt Beatty by igniting him
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