Fahrenheit 451 Fire Analysis

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In the classic science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, fire is both used to symbolize destruction and renewal. Fire represents many things from comfort and heat to the burning passion inside a person. It is natural, a part of life, its used safely to accomplish tasks such as cooking and recreational activities, but if it gets out of hand it can bring devastation and destruction without consequence. Fire can also express freedom. Fire has no rules it’s free willed and does as it pleases, no fire is the same. However in the book Fahrenheit 451 fire is sued unwillingly and unnaturally. It’s used to destroy something that is an everyday part of life. The symbolism used by Bradbury in the novel makes it both powerful and catching as well as it reinforces and supports the idea of anti-censorship.…show more content…
The first part of the novel was given the title “The Hearth and the Salamander” this is the first symbolism used of fire. A hearth symbolizes fire as a sense of warmth and goodness, which shows the positive and influential side of fire as the salamander represents the symbol of the fireman who use fire in a negative way to burn and destroy books. In this first part of the novel fire is symbolized as a powerful force of destruction as Guy Montag wields the power to destroy a strong source of knowledge and
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