The salamander is a type of amphibian that majorly lives on land but goes into water during the period of reproduction. According to legend, the salamander could live in fire without getting burnt. In Fahrenheit 451, the salamander symbolizes both fire and the firemen. Clarisse recognized Montag’s profession once she spotted the salamander symbol on his arms. The tracks in which the firemen ride in while responding to alerts are referred to as salamanders. The salamanders (trucks), are therefore symbolic of fire.
According to an Egyptian myth, the phoenix is a lone bird which lived in ancient times and consumed itself in fire but rose anew from its ashes to live another life. In this book, the phoenix on Montag’s chest is symbolic of his rebirth and start of a new life away from the fire man profession. It was while on duty burning a house that Montag stole the first book that led to his change of heart about his profession and life in general. Even though the fire caused destruction, Montag took his first step towards a renewed life finally ending up with the group of social outcasts on a mission to save books through memorization.