Review of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Review of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 In Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, the author utilizes the luxuries of life in America today, in addition to various occupations and technological advances, to show what life could be like if the future takes a drastic turn for the worse. In this futuristic look at man and his role in society, he turns man's best friend, the dog, against man, changes …show more content…
The novel is broken up into three large chapters illustrating Montag's change throughout the novel. The title of each chapter is significant to the content of that section, and to the novel as a whole. 'The Hearth and the Salamander' the beginning chapter of the novel, concentrates on the life of Montag the 'fireman'. Both of these symbols have to do with fire, the dominant image of Montag's life-the hearth because it contains the fire that heats a home, and the salamander because of ancient beliefs that it lives in fire and is unaffected by flames (Themes). These are both important images in this chapter, because Montag's life revolves around fire, he enjoys burning books and takes great pride in his job and the law he upholds in his society. The books second chapter, 'The Sieve and the Sand', goes back to when Montag was a little boy and tried to fill a sieve with sand. The title symbolizes Montag's thirst for knowledge and his struggle to gain it all in one go, ironically the more he tries the harder it is to grasp the truth. The sand is symbolic of the real truth that Montag searches for, and his mind the sieve. This figure of speech suggests that the truth is very hard to find and can not be retained in any permanent way.
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