What Does Fire Symbolize In Fahrenheit 451

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Everybody knows that fire has a happy view in society today. Fire is seen as warm, comforting, and safe. Maybe, just maybe, fire isn't exactly what everybody thinks and knows it to be. In the book “fahrenheit 451” fire is one of the main and many issues throughout this book. As you read this book you will see that throughout fire is mentioned in many places at many different times in the book. Characters will be introduced throughout, such as our main character Montag, Beatty, and Clarisse. Fire has a huge symbolism in the book, Montag changes his thoughts and views on fire, and phoenix has both destruction and renewal meanings.

Initially, fire has a huge symbolism throughout this book because, it’s what this book is based around.
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“And as before, it was good to burn, he felt himself gush out in the fire, snatch, rend, rip in half with flame and put away the senseless problem. If there was no solution, well then now there was no problem either. Fire was the best for everything!" (Bradbury 152). This shows, that at first Montag really did believe that not knowing anything and just believing whatever was said to him was the best and most efficient way to live life. As the quote states above; if there is no solution then why have the problem. Having no problems leads to no questions, no doubts, and no time to ponder about the issues of life. Bradbury also demonstrates, “That small motion, the white and red color, a strange fire because it meant a different thing to him. It was not burning, it was warming." (Bradbury 123). This illustrates that Montag has changed his point of view on books and burning them. Towards the beginning of the book Montag believes that books need to be burned to protect people. Soon he realizes that books are what makes life. The reason why he thinks that books are so great to burn is because that’s what the government has taught humanity to know and …show more content…
Bradbury emphasizes, “There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up. He must have been the first cousin to Man. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we're doing the same thing, over and over, but we're got on damn thing the phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did. We know all the damn silly things we've done for a thousand years and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, someday we'll stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the middle of them. We pick up a few more people that remember every generation” (163). This shows that Granger is trying to tell Montag that he needs to see the big picture. He needs to see that books are what makes up the entire humanity. People have billions and billions of different genes. There is not one person that is exactly alike. Having books, personalities, and the freedom to think makes us who we are. “Let you alone! That’s all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in awhile. How long is it since you were really bothered?

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