This shows that the river changes Montag or is at least the cocoon in which he stays while he undergoes a metamorphisis into what is basically a different person. In a story of extraordinary people - Montag, Clarisse, Faber, Granger, and even Beatty - we need to understand the status quo to appreciate the deviation from it. He and hundreds of other people believed in a utopian society because he himself was a firefighter. The job of burning books all of them were banned were given to firemen since their old jobs extinguishing blazes were mostly unnecessary …. She lights the match herself, choosing to be burned alive with her books.
We pick up a few more people that remember every generation. She confides to him that she has started skipping school. Nature Clarisse's fascination with it, technology imitating it, symbolic nature of water, and descriptive imagery of it,etc Pages: 24, 14, 15, 7, 9, 13, 21, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, etc. This is an illustration of literal salvation. The alternative is a little more interesting: Mildred is deeply unhappy.
The government banned books so that people would become desensitized, but whenever people read books they return to normal and emotion overpowers them. And it looks like we're doing the same thing, over and over, but we've got one thing the Phoenix never had. The reason being that Montag has a Salamander tattoo on his arm and the fact that some salamanders are a deep orange colour, just like the fires created by the firemen, thus giving us a rather sinister view of them. Mechanical Hound Finally, a sixth example of symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 is the Mechanical Hound. Both represent the, potentially, destructive nature of fire. Bradbury uses foreshadowing often to give the reader hints about what is going to happen. The primal, fundamental importance of blood is seen when Mildred, Montag's wife is revived.
It is here that he finds his real redemption. And the sand is the fulfillment of his apprehension. Beatty by igniting him with the liquid fire. At the end of the book, Granger makes reference to the Phoenix once more by talking about the city going up in flames in the bomb blast. It is here that he finds his real redemption. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. When Montag several men who, like him, are on the outside of society looking in, they are at the old railroad tracks tht cut through the heart of the forest like a rusty dagger wielded by the filthy hand of industry.
The hearth is a fireplace and traditionally represents the home, both the Salamander and the Hearth symbols are ironic. Fahrenheit 451 Themes Study the following Fahrenheit 451 themes and impress your classmates. Phoenix The phoenix is symbolized as both blatant heresy and divine presence. Montag directly referances a sieve in a memory in part 2: the Sieve and the Sand. A hearth is traditionally the center of a house and the source of warmth. In ancient times people believed that salamanders were immune to fire, this being why the symbol of the firemen is the salamander. Apparently, they simply support one another.
The next day, Montag is sick, overwhelmed by a smell of kerosene, representative of the fact that he feels guilty over the woman who was burned with her books. This represents seeing oneself clearly and self-reflection. The mechanical hound searches for people who are running away from any punishement they are due; later, the hound is searching for Montag who is able to change his body chemistry and escape the hound. This post is part of the series: Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide. And we already said that.
Bradbury executes this symbol through Granger's speech on page 163, exclaiming that mankind is created, destroyed, and birthed from his own mistakes. Montag's wife, Mildred, spends her time watching the televisions that take up three of the four walls in their parlor, or listening to the seashell radios that fit snugly in the ear. The snake is the second favorable sign of symbolism in part one, The Hearth and the Salamander, of Fahrenheit 451. Each of us has our own image of fire burning within us, and depending on experiences, it could be positive or negative. They believe that individuals are not as important as the collective mass of culture and history. Also, it is interesting that, in the old South as well as in Biblical times, the baptisms of new Christians often would take place in the nearest river or creek. This may also symbolize portals to alternative realities.
Destruction would be like when the firemen burn and destroy peoples houses and belonging. Montag's protests, however, show him to have a great deal more empathy than most other people in his world. In 1954, Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts andLetters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club ofCalifornia Gold Medal. Mirrors represent the way in which people should look closely at themselves and see what they are like all the way inside. Fire: Fire is used as a physical representation of cleansing in Montag's world. But every time he burnt himself, up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. Knowing they will be needed, the men turn back to the shattered city to help rebuild a society that has destroyed itself.