Fahrenheit 451: Literary Analysis

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Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a futuristic society in which all books are illegal and must be burned. The three parts of the book are “The Hearth and the Salamander,” “The Sieve and the Sand,” and “Burning Bright.” Through these three parts we follow the main character, Montag as he begins to question and take action against a life he has never given much thought. By researching how each part of the book relates to the content the reader can better understand what the author was trying to accomplish when writing it. In the first part of the book, “The Hearth and the Salamander” we are introduced to the main character, Montag. Both the hearth and the salamander give us important insight on not only who he is, but also the struggles facing Montag. The hearth centers around his home life and the salamander refers to his line of work. A hearth brings to mind the home and brings up the theme of fire that is in the book. We…show more content…
Following the death of Clarisse and the lady who burned with her books, he is determined to find out for himself and begins to read. His quest is much like trying to fill a sieve with sand. Personally, he struggles with the unknown of a life with his own thought and books. He tries to absorb as much information as he can because he knows his time with the books are limited. Montag is frustrated at his wife’s resistance to read, but because he is so determined he will not stop . He becomes even more frustrated with his wife’s friends and reads poetry to them to help them understand and see the light. Even though there is a hint that he has touched one of them with his reading, when Mrs. BLAH BLAH begins to cry, ultimately all of his efforts to share knowledge and gain allies in his wife and her friends are as successful as trying to fill a sieve with

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