Imagery, a common literary device, is used to engage the reader's senses, making the writing more interesting, and to create meaning for the reader. The torch in the novel is the tool the Firemen use to harness the destructive power of fire and direct it at the books and the homes that contain them. Mogen explains the role of the fireman as the 'American Dream gone awry: for in this appalling future the community firehouse has become the impersonal agent of fire itself, destroying rather than preserving the community institutions' Mogen 106. The future, then, will come out of the hands and actions of those, like Guy, who have developed a human conscience because they are the ones with the inner vision to see the changes needed and the motivation to create those changes. The novel is about Guy Montag, a fireman who produces fires instead of eliminating them in order to burn books Watt 2. Recognizing Major Symbols in Fahrenheit 451 Have you ever been reading a novel and wondered why an author chose to use a vague reference, rather than stating what they meant directly? Firemen including Montag were ordered to burn the books.
During an afternoon meeting with her friends, Mildred attempts to bring up the subject of politics, but they are only able to mention that the army said it would be a short war, not any solid information on the war itself. And like the books that are burned, each character in the novel is forced to interpret for themselves and confront contradictory perspectives — just like Beatty said about the books. It also states that put your faith in God and he will make sure everything will be alright. Bradbury cunningly begins to incorporate water into the story more so after Montag rebels against his enemies. The next morning, Mildred denies ever taking the pills.
This post is part of the series: Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide. This is ironic since such an act usually denotes destruction. One symbol shows the bad side of fire and the other shows the good side. The title of the book represents the temperature at when books burn, and from another perspective, it shows up to what point the books can take censorship until they are eliminated. Bradbury is careful to refrain from referring specifically to racial minorities—Beatty mentions dog lovers and cat lovers, for instance.
There are several examples of symbolism for The Hearth and the Salamander, in the book Fahrenheit 451. We see that throughout the book fire also had many perspectives. Symbolism is involved in many aspects of the story. The three main symbols that are being focused on are the salamander, the snake, and the names of the characters in the book. Bradbury warns us of what may happen if we stop expressing our ideas, and we let people take away our books, and thoughts.
Therefore it can be said that Bradbury effectively uses the symbol and meaning of the phoenix to represent a sense of rebirth, end of suffering, and immorality within Fahrenheit 451. In all likelihood, the author did not use any literary devices in their writing. Knowledge, as symbolized by fire in the novel, is seen with the ideological progression of Montag. So it's beneficial for them the government to destroy the very things that can further knowledge and, therefore, questions. Instead of just holding a fire hose, Bradbury depicts him as a conductor wielding a massive snake.
The title of the book represents the temperature at when books burn, and from another perspective, it shows up to what point the books can take censorship until they are eliminated. Also, the forest through which he travels river symbolizes the innocence of mankind before civilization. In this instance, Montag makes the realization that fire can bring people together rather than separating them from each other. There are many symbols throughout the book that represent many ideas and many facts. And all Mildred remembers of the night before is a few people coming over and it was only two. While the word image is a part of imagery, that does not mean it's limited to just describing things that readers can see.
Clarisse is also compared to a mirror for helping Montag see himself. There is no learning, no growth, and no purpose. She points out some disturbing facts that Montag cannot escape: he answers her questions quickly without thinking; he can not remember if he knew there was dew on the early-morning grass or not; he can not answer the question of whether he is happy or not. The freedoms and opportunities offered to Americans allow them to dare to dream and achieve as long as they are willing to work and sacrifice. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. I'm sure if there were no books somepeople would be unhappy but not.
When Montag kills Beatty, the Fire Chief, he decides to run from the world that he has lived his whole life in. The Mechanical Hound is Bradburys chief image of technology Wolfe 70. Montag himself discovers an alternative use for fire at the end of the novel, when he realizes that it can warm instead of destroy. The Firemen, who represent the government's interests, don't want unhappy, deep thinkers questioning the status quo, or the way things currently are. It is here that he finds his real redemption. But, if that cardboard illuminated with fire, would it have more meaning than it did before? He tries and tries but he can't memorize the scripture.