The Role Of Fire In Fahrenheit 451

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In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses the motif of fire to convey the differences and similarities between Montag and his wife, Mildred. Initially, Montag possesses similar beliefs as his wife as to what fire symbolizes and their marriage is fairly harmonious. However, as the plot develops, Montag recognizes the dystopia within his society and changes how he thinks about fire. This, in turn, creates dissention in his marriage to Mildred. In this way, Montag and Mildred can be compared and contrasted in terms of their beliefs about fire. In the opening chapters of the novel, Mildred and Montag share similar philosophies concerning fire. Mildred readily accepts the fact that Montag is serving their city well as a fireman who

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