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Symbolism in Fahrenheit 451

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Rachel Greenwood

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of Symbolism in Fahrenheit 451

Symbolism in Fahrenheit 451
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The Phoenix
One example of symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 is the phoenix. The phoenix is used to symbolize rebirth. It shows that once something is created, it has to fall. Mankind would be compared to the phoenix that burns itself up and then rises from the ashes.
The Hearth and the Salamander
Another example of symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 would be The Hearth and the Salamander. This is the title of the first section in the book. A hearth is traditionally the center of a house and the source of warmth.The salamander is a symbol of the firemen, and the name they give to their trucks. Salamanders were once believed to live in fire without being consumed by it. Both of these symbols are related to fire which is the dominant image in Montag's life.
Blood
Yet another symbol in this story is blood. This represents a human's repressed instinctive self. Mildred's primal self has been irretrievably lost and stays unchanged when her poisoned blood is replaced by mechanically administered blood.
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Mirrors
A fourth example of symbolism is mirrors.This represents seeing oneself clearly and self-reflection. Montag just starts to reflect on his life when he meets Clarisse. Mildred has yet to reflect on her life, but I imagine if she did she wouldn't like what she's become.
The Sieve and the Sand
Also, The Sieve and the Sand is an example of symbolism. This is the title of the second section in the book. Sand is a symbol for truth and knowledge that Montag seeks. The sieve represents the human mind looking for a truth that stays unidentifiable and impossible to grasp in any permanent way.
Mechanical Hound
Finally, a sixth example of symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 is the Mechanical Hound. The hound represents the absence of natural things. The hound seems to become more hostile towards Montag as he begins to question his line of work more and more. The hound is also a symbol for society which relentlessly destroys people who don't want to conform to the way things are (no books).
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