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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic novel taking the reader to a time where books and thinking are outlawed In a time so dreadful where those who want to better themselves by thinking and by reading are outlaws as well Books and ideas are burned books are burned physically where as ideas are burned from the mind Bradbury uses literary devices such as symbolism but it is the idea he wants to convey that makes this novel so devastating Bradbury warns us of what may happen if we stop expressing our ideas and we let people take away our books and thoughts Bradbury notices what has been going on in the world with regards to censorship and McCarthyism in America That is what he is speaking out against Bradburys use of symbolism throughout the novel makes the book moving and powerful by using symbolism to reinforce the ideas of anti-censorship The Hearth and the Salamander the title of part one is the first example of symbolism The title suggests two things having to do with fire the hearth is a source of warmth and goodness showing the positive non- destructive side of fire Whereas a salamander is a small lizard-like amphibian and also in mythology is known to endure fire without getting burnt by it Perhaps the salamander is symbolic of Guy Montag who is being described as a salamander because he works with fire and endures it but believes that he can escape the fire and survive much like a salamander does On the other hand it is ironic that Guy and the other firemen believe themselves to be salamanders because both Capt Beattys and Montags destruction comes from
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