Fahrenheit 451

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With the use of symbolism, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 explains how a book burning and conformed society leads to soulless individuals who are obsessed with being dependent upon technology. After a reader of Fahrenheit 451 finishes the book, they either have a strong opinion about the comparison between Montag’s society, and today’s society, or they are simply a Mildred, having not a care in the world, and such. Ray Bradbury uses symbolism to create an outline for themes recurring throughout the story. One of the biggest themes, was the lack of thinking, no love for the important things, too much dependency. Starting in Chapter One, blood is a major symbol of the book, it really shows the reader, how horrible the society in Fahrenheit 451 really is. Blood represents a human being’s soul. And with Mildred’s poisoned replaceable blood, it signifies the empty lifelessness of Mildred and many like her. The ability to clean her blood out, and replace it, without worrying about types of blood is a bit concerning for their society, not to mention, the lack of doctors performing this blood replenishment.. Also in chapter one, the salamander was introduced to the reader, the salamander was represented by the fire truck, it was known for destruction. In ancient beliefs, salamanders lived in fire and was unaffected by the flames around them, so the firetruck was a good example of the salamander. Salamanders are also a good example of the fireman, they continuously burn books, on a daily basis, but it does not have any effect on them. Throughout Fahrenheit 451, the mechanical hound reappears multiple times with it’s spider-like book thirsty body. The mechanical hound is a technologically advanced search hound. This robot dog is a symbol because it’s an example of how technology based this advanced society is, instead of using real search hounds, they have machines sniffing around, looking for books. In chapter two, Montag tells the reader about the...
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