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In the modern world today the media has rendered the generation of youth to a state in which books are frowned upon In a frightening foreshadowing of what may result of this Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 depicts the struggle of a fireman in a world of equality and censorship Guy Montags troubled character in was conflicted with feelings of conformity and a longing to find the truth Each symbol in the book represented a either a struggle or characteristic of Montag The most important symbols were of and about fire They were about burning fire and the title itself Fahrenheit 451 The fire represented a characteristic of Montags inner depths The title of the book represents the temperature at when books burn and from another perspective it shows up to what point the books can take censorship until they are eliminated The fire was a part of Montag toward the beginning of the novel It wanted to purify him from thoughts of books and differing or conflicting opinions In the opening chapter of the book after doing a routine burning of books his feelings are as follows Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame He knew that when he returned to the firehouse he might wink at himself a minstrel man burnt-corked in the mirror Later going to sleep he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles in the dark It never went away The fire from the book burning burned his soul to emptiness He was ignorant he was in bliss as the saying goes The burning represented the societys desire to burn everything down so everybody can be the same since fire burns everything to ashes regardless of what it is Today this is the same thing as the Ten Commandments controversy in Alabama The burning in the book and the push to remove the commandments represents the purification and
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