Theme Of Transformation In Fahrenheit 451

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Montag’s Transformation Through Fire

Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most successful pieces of literacy today, the novel is prosperous recognized around the globe and received many awards such as, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, Retro Hugo Award, Commonwealth Club of California just to name a few. What made this novel so successful was not only the plot of the story but also the controversy behind Fahrenheit 451. The use of symbolism in the novel was interpreted by so many people and received positive and negative reviews from its readers. I will be discussing one symbol “fire” and the connection with other symbols within the story such as hearth, salamander and the phoenix which all represent the development of the protagonist of the story, a firefighter named Montag, and the moral of the story the author wants to convey. Lets begin with symbolism and the effect it had in the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury does a marvelous job in the use of symbolism throughout the novel because the author provides just enough information so readers can interpret symbols in their own way. Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1953, during a conservative era, where new ideas were meticulous analyzed and many feared the author was implying the comparison of Joseph McCarthy’s government censorship. In 2007 Ray Bradbury responded to critics denying such accusation and explained that his thought behind the plot of Fahrenheit 451 was,

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