Why is Part One of Fahrenheit 451 called "The Hearth and the Salamander?"

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Bradbury named this section "The Hearth and the Salamander" because it foreshadows the conflicts which will occur later in the novel. A hearth, for example, is the name given to the floor of a fireplace and this alludes to Montag's domestic life, especially his marriage to Mildred. Similarly, the salamander, a lizard-like amphibian capable of withstanding fire, alludes to Montag's job as a fireman.

As the novel opens, Montag seems content and fulfilled with both his marriage and his career. But as the story progresses, the reader quickly realises that Montag is, in fact, deeply...

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