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Name three symbols in "Fahrenheit 451" and what they represent?
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Many major symbols appear in the titles Bradbury uses in the novel. The title of the novel, Fahrenheit 451 is symbolic because it is the temperature at which paper burns. Two other symbols associated with fire appear in the title of Part 1 of the novel, the hearth and the salamander. The hearth contains a fireplace and, when used constructively, can heat a home. Ancient peoples believed the salamander could live in fire. Salamanders are also the names given to fire trucks and are the official symbol of the firefighters.Thus, they represent the destructive nature of fire. The title of Part 2, "The Sand and the Sieve" is also symbolic. The sand represents the truth Montag, the main character, is seeking and the sieve is the human mind which sometimes makes it impossible to grasp the truth and remember it. At the end of the novel, the Phoenix, a mystical bird that would burn itself up and then rise again, is used as a symbol for the renewal of mankind. Mankind can almost destroy themselves, but they also can learn from their mistakes so, like the Phoenix, they have the capacity to rise from the ashes, and to rebuild their society.
Posted by ms-mcgregor on September 5, 2008 at 3:43 PM (Answer #1)
In the society of the Dystopian World the fire is a negative force which frightens people by destroying the houses and books. It erases every cultural artifact and it is used as a pressure of the government to form the citizens the way the regimen wants. For the book people fire has a positive connotation, so it has another meaning for them. It has the function to warm, to enable to make breakfast.For the people living in the forest the fire is the meeting point, a place to sit around.So also the fire is a symbol for the difference between the Dystopian World and the group living in the forest.
Another symbol used in the novel is the water. The scene where water has the most important meaning is the scene when Montag crosses the river to escape out of the city to get into the Forest. The water divides the two completely different worlds and symbolizes a border. The river saves Montag and transports him away from the city to secrete him from the pursuing hound. Resumed the water is a symbol for a helpful force which saves Montag and is a contrast to the fire.
Throughout the novel books are qualified mostly as birds. Like the nature the birds also stand for a positive thing. By this the great force books contain is stressed. It also intensifies the contrast with the brutality and violence of the book burning. At the end of the novel it is mentioned that birds come back to the forest after the town has been bombed. In this case the birds symbolize that a good future will follow.
Posted by nice900 on December 10, 2008 at 5:53 PM (Answer #2)
The burning books represent the killing of knowledge and the killing of freedom of thought.
The mechanical hound represents the absence of nature and natural things.
The Salamander represents that the firemen are not harmed by fire.
The pheonix represents rebirth no matter how many times things may be destroyed.
...hope this helps :)
Posted by shizza123 on June 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM (Answer #3)
Posted by winthepooh on May 31, 2012 at 1:33 AM (Answer #4)
If you need symbols look at all of the names of the characters. For example, Clarisse in latin loosely transtales to clear, for her clear thought of mind. In my english class we looked at the names and found some interesting things. Hope this helps
Posted by germanngr85 on September 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM (Answer #5)
Birds symbolize the freedom of books being taken away by fire.
The mechanical hound symbolizes the "bad side" of technology.
Parlor walls symbolize propaganda and people's obsession with technology.
Hope this helped :)
Posted by localgirl on September 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM (Answer #6)
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