What does Granger recall after viewing the ruins of the city in Fahrenheit 451?

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sboeman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After the city is destroyed, Granger makes references to the mythical phoenix, which is a bird that "...every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again" (Bradbury 163).  In other words, the bird would be reborn after it had been destroyed.

This symbol is obviously significant to the story because Granger believes the city can be "reborn" as well after it has been destroyed.  He says they will bury all of the old culture in a mass grave, then begin a new society.