F451 Symbolism

Salamander
-Salamanders are used a representation of fire, and according to legend, salamanders can live in fire and put out fire.
-It symbolizes the corrupt nature of the government and the firemen.

Phoenix
It represents the immortality of the books, the cyclical nature of history and the rebirth of mankind.

Tower of Babel
The contradicting, confusing nature of books.

Mechanical Hound
It represents the government control, manipulation of technology, and the reincarnation of the vengeful furies; they went around trying to kill people.

Mirror
It would represent your self-understanding, like seeing yourself in the mirror.

Books
Books represent the freedom of thought.

The Color Black (darkness) Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-This color often signifies the unknown, death, the unconscious, evil, or great power.
Examples-
-Charred ashes, The Black Cobra (Blood-sucking machine)
-“Ten minutes after death, a man’s speck of black dust”

The Color Red Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-This color often signifies blood, violence, and chaos
Examples-
-Fire, fireman’s uniform, Orange is the color of blood, salamander

The Color White (light) Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-As a positive color, it signifies purity and innocence; in its negative aspects, it represents death and terror
Examples-
-Faber, Clarisse, knowledge and books
-“Her face was slender and milk-white”

Snake or Serpent Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-The snake is nearly always a symbol of evil energy and force
Examples-
-Stomach pump- tech control
Fireman’s hose- power

Sun or Fire Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-This paradoxical symbol represents creative energy and the passage of time.
Examples-
-The setting sun represents death
-Time goes on; symbolism of destruction and rebirth; sun rises at end symbolizing hope

Water or River Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-Rivers represent death and rebirth and the flowing of time. Examples-
-River, Faber=Water + Montag= Fire, Faber puts Montag out, escape or path to safety

The Good Mother Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
-She is a positive female character associated with warmth, nourishment, growth, and abundance.
Examples-
-Clarisse; nurtures Montag- provides truth and meaning

The Wise Old Man Meaning and Examples
Meaning-
A character who comes to the rescue of the hero, the old man is knowledgeable and moral; he represents truth.
Examples-
-Faber; wisdom and meaning to pass on to Montag

The Seas of Fall Meaning and Examples
Meaning
-Autumn suggests old age and death.
Examples
-This season is symbolic for change or a transition, so the setting underscores the dynamic change that the protagonist experiences in the plot of this novel