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Fahrenheit 451 Symbolism/Allusion- Part 1

Symbolism found in Part One of Bradbury's novel
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hearth
a symbol of the home and family. A place where fire is contained. It is comfortable and a place for gathering.
salamander
a mythological reptile, resembling a lizard, that was said to live in fire. In mythology, it endures flames without burning. In the concept of nature, the salamander is a visual representation of fire.
great python/snake- the fire hose
allusion to the Garden of Eden and man's fall to the serpent tempting Eve.
451
temperature at which paper spontaneously combusts and burns
books
knowledge; thinking; wisdom; imagination, free will
pigeon-winged books
books and birds are connected throughout the story connecting knowledge to being set free and being enlightened through reading.
Clarisse
a name derived from the Latin meaning "brightest" as in intelligent
phoenix
immortality; a mythical bird that is consumed in fire then is reborn from its own ashes
seashells/ electronic bees/ earbuds
constant entertainment that blocks out thoughts and replaces them with mindless entertainment;
sleeping pills
numbing of pain and escaping mundane existence
Mildred
mindless, shell of a person; a society of people that don't think or feel, but rather just do what they are told;
the Eye
God, all-knowing, all-seeing into one's soul
wall TVs
mind-numbing content with no plot or meaning
Mechanical Hound
death, a guilty conscience, the mechanical world taking place of the natural world
actors in the TV shows
family, replacing relationships with interactive characters in TV holograms
gold (bright light)
wisdom, wealth
the man on the moon
something/someone always watching over society/ people
moonstone
connected with Mercury, the mythological guide who leads souls to the underworld.
mausoleum
a large, imposing tomb; often a symbol of death used in literature. Used to describe the interior of Guy's bedroom.
Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out!
Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Protestant supporters of the late Queen Jane Grey, were burned at the stake for heresy at Oxford on October 16, 1555. They refused to endorse Queen Mary, a Catholic, claiming that she was an illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII, born after he married his late brother's wife, Catherine of Aragon. Later, Captain Beatty recites the latter portion of the quotation and indicates that he knows something of history.
Tower of Babel
The mythic explanation of how Noah's children came to speak different languages. The word means a confusion of voices, languages, or sounds.
our fingers in the dike
an allusion to the legend about the Dutch boy who performed a noble, selfless public service in holding back the sea by keeping his finger in a hole in the dike.
automatic reflex
Beatty used this term to describe how people stopped using their brains and began depending on nerve functions that require no thought.
November 4
the firemen play cards early on Mischief Day (November 4), the eve of Guy Fawkes Day, when bonfires and burning of guys in effigy commemorate his Gunpowder Plot, an abortive attempt to destroy James I and his Protestant supporters, who oppressed Catholics.
It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end
Jonathan Swift illustrates the pettiness of human controversy in Book I, Chapter 4 of Gulliver's Travels. The satire found in Swift's writing emphasizes the absurd extent to which society will go enforce conformity. When Montag reads this quote to Millie, he is pointing out that people are willing to die rather than conform, even though others may believe their position to be absurd or irrational.
beetle
In literature, with its prominent black horns, often a symbol for Satan. Mediator between men and gods.
mirror
Self-understanding/ seeing oneself clearly. A reflection of the true-self or one's true surroundings.
fire
it is both helpful and destructive; it can be death to some, yet to others it can symbolize passion, knowledge and comfort.
orange
determination, growing thirst for action
red
being consumed; power; passion; love