At the beginning of the novel, Clarisse meets Montag for the first time and notices the fireman logos stitched onto his uniform, which have symbolic significance. Bradbury writes,
The girl stopped and looked as if she might pull back in surprise, but instead stood regarding Montag with eyes so dark and shining and alive, that he felt he had said something quote wonderful. But he knew his mouth had only moved to say hello, and then when she seemed hypnotized by the salamander on his arm and the phoenix-disc on his chest, he spoke again.
The images of the salamander and the phoenix symbolically represent the fireman institution and are associated with a career that requires individuals to work with flames. According to ancient mythology, salamanders were known for living in fire without being harmed or affected by the flames. Similar to mythological salamanders, Montag...
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