Essay about Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Symbolism in Fahrenheit 451 In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Bradbury uses fire as a symbol to convey society, through what it means to Montag, and how fire symbolizes destruction and renewal. At first, Montag loves to burn everything, but near the end of the novel he discovers that fire can be both destructive and a sign of renewal. Symbolism is “Symbolism can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Sometimes, however, an action, an event or a word spoken by someone may have a symbolic value. For instance, “smile” is a symbol of friendship. Similarly, the action of someone smiling at you may stand as a symbol of the feeling of affection which that person has for you.”(Literary Devices 1). Just like in the quote fire takes on many forms in this novel, sometimes meaning society, while other times meaning destruction and renewal.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the protagonist Guy Montag is a fireman who loves to burn books. After a while, Montag begins to loath burning books immensely and steals a few books from the woman’s house they had tried to burn. Montag being drawn to the books he has accumulated over time, decides to visit a man named Faber, a retired English professor, to help him understand the hidden meaning of the books. As Montag begins to change in personality, he mistakenly decided to show his wife and her friends one of the books he…

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