Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Fahrenheit 451 '

1271 Words Jul 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Beyond the Obvious Did you ever think twice after reading the titles of the three parts of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? Examining the symbolic meaning of the titles is precisely what I will be doing in this essay. Bradbury’s book is packed with symbols and themes throughout the plot, some more subliminal than others. The titles are significant to the story, helping to convey the plot as Montag goes from an ignorant fireman to a rebellious outcast. Each of the titles communicates its own message and symbols relating to Montag’s life. The Hearth and the Salamander symbolizes Montag’s relationship with fire, the Sieve and the Sand symbolizes knowledge and the mind, and Burning Bright symbolizes Montag’s new life and rebirth. Why Bradbury chose these titles is clearly apparent as they each help the reader visualize the situations present in the book. The Hearth and the Salamander may seem like simple words for a book such as Fahrenheit 451, but in reality it carries a deep symbolic meaning. Foremost, the hearth symbolizes fire and the warmth it brings to the home. Later, the irony is clear when Montag arrives at his home and discovers a very cold and lonely home with Mildred’s body lying on the bed lifeless. This is in stark contrast to the hearth, a symbol of warmth and comfort. Bradbury likely wanted this irony to strike the reader. Furthermore, the salamander symbolizes Montag and his occupation. Salamanders are used as the emblem of the firemen and their fire trucks are…

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