Fahrenheit 451 Fire in Essay

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Fahrenheit 451 a fictional novel written by Ray Bradbury in the mid-50’s, deals with a futuristic world where ideas, knowledge, and books are burn. A world where reading is forbidden by law and so the act of learning; where all are equal if not they are made equal. Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman, who instead of putting out the fire, he starts them. One day he meets a girl who tells him that long time ago firemen were suppose to stop the fire instead of starting them. From there Montag’s view of fire changes, from seeing fire as a destructive tool to seeing fire as helpful element. The appearance of the hearth and the salamander, the mythical phoenix and the fire as a harmless helpful too; changed his concept of fire. The Hearth and the Salamander, chapter one title, is also the first great symbol in the book. The hearth or chimney symbolizes the controlled-fire. The fire that helps you, that warms you, the fire that doesn’t hurts you. Yet the salamander has an opposite symbol. In mythology it supposedly was a lizard-like animal able to live in fire. It was also known for throwing fire out of his mouth. In the novel, the salamander is the name of their fire trucks, and one of the firemen’s symbols on their uniforms. “But he knew his mouth had only moved to say hello, and then when she seemed hypnotized by the salamander on his arm and the phoenix-disc on his chest, he spoke again.” These two symbols are very important for Montag’s view of fire since it shows him how fire can not only have a destructive use but also a helpful controlled use. The Phoenix symbol has a more drastically effect in Montag’s life. A phoenix is a mythical bird that “at the end of its five-hundred-year existence, it perches on its nest of spices and sings until sunlight ignites the masses. After the body is consumed in flames, a worm emerges and develops into the next Phoenix.” The

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