Essay on Part One : The Hearth And The Salamander
27 August 2014
Part One: The Hearth and the Salamander:
1. The author indicates that the importance of the number 451 is that it is the temperature at which paper burns. The fireman’s job is to burn books, and that is important so people do not acquire too much knowledge and power.
2. Ray Bradbury indicates that a different value system is introduced in the novel by displaying a society in which books are burned. This goes against “conventional wisdom” because our society that we are accustomed to values books due to their ability to entertain us with stories and provide us with information. This is a society where the government influences its people in every aspect.
3. Bradbury demonstrates Montag’s “daring streak” at the firehouse, as he “[a]t the last moment, when disaster seemed positive, … pulled his hands from his pockets and broke his fall by grasping the golden pole. He slide to a squeaking halt, his heels one inch from the concrete floor downstairs”(2). Montag feels superior and confident in his element at the firehouse. He attempts his slide hands-free to show his confidence and waits until the very end before he admits he needs safety. His hands are powerful because they burn and they provide safety for his daring nature.
4. Montag wears the symbols of the phoenix and the salamander on his clothing as his professional marks for his job. The phoenix is reborn through fire just as Montag feels cleansed and rejuvenated from the…