Fahrenheit 451 Section Title Analysis Essay
767 WordsDec 21st, 20124 Pages
The Hearth and the Salamander is the title of the first section of Fahrenheit 451. The meaning of The Hearth and the Salamander can be symbolic and straight forward. The word “hearth” is a brick/stone fireplace, often with an oven, used for heating and originally also used for cooking food. Since the hearth is usually a home’s central and most important feature, which the concept has been generalized to refer to the household, as "hearth and home" and "keep the home fires burning". The salamander is one of the official symbols of the firemen in the book, as well as what they call their fire trucks. There are ancient beliefs that salamanders live in fire and is unaffected by flames. Both of these symbols are related to fire, the image that…show more content…
Later in the book, Montag was on the train trying to memorize the bible in fear that he could have the last copy. He was reading as fast as possible hoping that the information in the bible would stay in his mind. An advertisement was making him loose concentration and therefore the information was slipping through his mind. It reminded him of the “Sieve and the Sand” incident from earlier in his life that was so upsetting to him. The modern world in the novel counts on this inability to concentrate. This life without books has encouraged people to live for moment so to speak. Everywhere you go there’s mindless sound such as the advertisement that makes people to be unable concentrate and seriously think. People who can't think are more easily controlled. Montag feel as if banning books has made people's minds turn into sieves unable to hold thought.
Burning Bright has a title that to me symbolizes how the story ends because of why it began. That being fire. However the fire I’m talking about is not just combustion. Earlier in the story Clarisse asked Guy questions that burned in his mind eventually making him question his occupation and his lifestyle. Of course there was plenty of combustion in the story with the burning of books, the dropping of bombs and the “firing” of Beatty. Not only did this fire have a negative impact in the beginning but eventually Montag realized that setting his house on fire was satisfying. It became
On the other side, this collection may just be the most sci-fi thing that Ray Bradbury has ever written. These stories are about a group of humans fleeing a devastated Earth who travel to Mars and their interactions with the natives, the Martians. While each short story can be read in any order, the book places them chronologically and they are likely best read in that order. Even if you're not that into science fiction, you'll love at least one of these stories. Bradbury, as a writer, isn't just known for being creative in his ideas, but creative in the way he writes as well. The prose in all his works is absolutely beautiful to read but is especially poignant in this fiction collection. One of my favorite quotes comes from this novel: “Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.” Bradbury is truly the master of blending art and science.
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