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Fahrenheit 451 Symbolism 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 are burned physically and 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 That is what he is speaking out against Bradbury incorporates symbolism into his book He expresses it through the symbols the hearth and the salamander the phoenix and the great fire Bradburys use of symbolism throughout the novel makes the book moving and powerful 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 a small lizard-like amphibian and also in mythology is known to withstand 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 On the other hand ironically the other firemen believed that they were salamanders too because they thought they were immune to the all might flames when in the end it were the flames that destroyed them The symbol of a Phoenix is used throughout the novel This quote accurately describes the Phoenix It is known to be a mythical multi-colored bird of Arabia with a long history of artistic and literary symbolism the Phoenix is one of a kind
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