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Posted January 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM via web

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The Phoenix in Fahrenheit 451 represents Montag and the society. What else does it represent? Books? and why? 

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 25, 2013 at 3:57 AM (Answer #1)

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The Phoenix is, of course, a mythical bird that sets itself afire and rises from the ashes.  It is also supposed to be a bird of exceptional beauty.  Books are burned in the novel, but there is some hope that they will rise from the ashes, through the efforts of a few good people who carry them within.  And books are things of great beauty, too, in so many ways.  It is really a wonderful symbol for this purpose, carrying with it hope, renewal, beauty, and a sort of redemption. 

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