Why is the Phoenix symbolic of Fahrenheit 451?

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According to ancient legend, the phoenix is a bird that lives a long time and dies by bursting into flame.  It then is reborn from among the ashes of the fire.

The phoenix is symbolic in this novel because, it is hoped, this is what will happen to the society...

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According to ancient legend, the phoenix is a bird that lives a long time and dies by bursting into flame.  It then is reborn from among the ashes of the fire.

The phoenix is symbolic in this novel because, it is hoped, this is what will happen to the society in the book.  It has been killing itself with fire (using fire to destroy all the books) and then it is finally destroyed in a huge flash of fire (the nuclear war).

But because Montag and the other "book covers" still exist, there is hope that, out of the fire, civilization can be reborn.

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