Fahrenheit 451

What is the significance of each title in the novel? The Hearth and the Salamander, The Sieve and the Sand, and Burning Bright?


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The hearth represents the center of the home, the place a fire is built, and the spot where it burns the hottest and the strongest. In the novel, the fire represents destruction..... not just the destruction of books, but rather the destruction of knowledge.

The salamander, which is a lizard, is said to be immune to the effects of fire. The survival of the salamander is representative the fire's inability to destroy thought. Montag's character is a personification of the salamander. He is surrounded by flames.... he's even a part of the fire, and yet, his ability to think for himself leads him to fight against the censorship.

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