Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury is a novel based in the future, placing the reader to a time where owning books was against the law. In a setting so dreadful where those who want to better themselves by thinking for themselves, and by secretly reading books are outlaws as well. The books and ideas are burned in a pit, the books are burned physically, and ideas are burned from the mind metaphorically. Mr. Bradbury use of literary devices, such as symbolism, but it is the main idea he wants to share with the readers is what makes this novel so devastating. He warns of what could happen if we stop expressing ourselves and our ideas, and we let people confiscate away our books, and thoughts. He notices what has been going on at home and…show more content…
Guy Montag would be an excellent representation of the salamander, he is being portrayed as a salamander because of the line of work that he is in. He works with fire, and endures it, but he believes that he can escape the grasp that the fire has on him and survive, much like much like the small mythological lizard does.
On the other hand, it is kind of ironic that Guy, and his fellow brothers of the flame believe themselves to be salamanders because both Capt. Beatty 's and Montag 's destruction comes from the all mighty flame, from which they thought they were invincible.

The symbol of the mythological Phoenix is appears many time throughout the novel. This quote describes word for word the mythological bird of fire that is the Phoenix, "It is known to be a mythical multi-colored bird of Arabia, with a long history of artistic and literary symbolism, the Phoenix is one of a kind. 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."(24, Cliffs ' Notes on Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451)
The Phoenix is a symbol of rebirth after destruction by fire, only to get burnt, and be destroyed again. The protective gear that firemen wear the Phoenix on their uniforms, and Capt. Beatty also symbolically
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