Blood appears throughout the novel as a symbol of a human being’s repressed soul or primal, instinctive self. Montag often “feels” his most revolutionary thoughts welling and circulating in his blood. Mildred, whose primal self has been irretrievably lost, remains unchanged when her poisoned blood is replaced with fresh, mechanically administered blood by the Electric-Eyed Snake machine. The symbol of blood is intimately related to the Snake machine. Bradbury uses the electronic device to reveal Mildred’s corrupted insides and the thick sediment of delusion, misery, and self-hatred within her. The Snake has explored “the layer upon layer of night and stone and stagnant spring water,” but its replacement of her blood could not rejuvenate her soul. Her poisoned, replaceable blood signifies the empty lifelessness of Mildred and the countless others like her.
“The Hearth and the Salamander”
Bradbury uses this conjunction of images as the title of the first part of Fahrenheit 451. The hearth, or fireplace, is a traditional symbol of the home; the salamander is one of the official symbols of the firemen, as well as the name they give to their fire trucks. Both of these symbols have to do with fire, the dominant image of Montag’s life—the hearth because it contains the fire that heats a home, and the salamander because of ancient beliefs that it lives in fire and is unaffected by flames.
The hearth is a symbol of the home, and the salamander is a symbol of the firemen. Back in the day, Gangs used to protect the hood it represented and made sure enemies do not step foot on their property. Currently, Gangs hurt random innocent people, and do despicable things. This relates to Fahrenheit 451, how Firemen used to put out fires, opposed to setting them. Firemen would save citizens from house fires or building fires and assemble rescue teams for more safety. However, the Firemen described in the book, set fires by burning people’s homes and personal assets...
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