Symbols In Fahrenheit 451

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Everyday Life Explained in Themes and Symbols
Everyday things in life can be very important. In many novels the author shows this through the symbols of the book. Ray Bradbury in his novel Fahrenheit 451 uses symbols to talk about the themes that are related to importance of everyday things. The themes are learning from your mistakes, censorship, and communication with other people; which are all important in everyday life.
In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury wants to tell his readers that people make mistakes. Two symbols he does this through are the phoenix and the parlor walls. Granger is talking to Montag and he starts to tell him about the phoenix; what it is and how it connects to man. “There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix...he built
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Fire and the sand and the sieve are two symbols that show this. In Fahrenheit 451 books are burned because they are illegal, or there is censorship on books. Montag is talking about how the fire is beautiful and good and the books are just a joke. “He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch.”(Bradbury 1) This shows censorship because Montag has never read books because of the censorship so, he can easily just joke about books and burning marshmallows with the fire from the books. The sand and the sieve show censorship because the commercials in the subway make his brain a sieve and the knowledge in the bible is the sand because it is so distracting. This is censorship because the commercials are so distracting that nobody can read the books that are censored. “But he read and the words fell through, and he thought, in a few hours, there will be Beatty, and here will be me handing this over, so no phrase must escape me, each line must be memorized. I will myself to do it. He clenched the book in his fists. Trumpets blared ‘Denham’s Dentifrice.’ Shut up, thought Montag. Consider the lilies of the field.” Montag can not focus and read with the commercial in the background. This is censorship because it makes sure that nobody can think or read. Fire and the sand and the sieve show censorship and everyday things because they all have meaning or importance in our world