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SYMBOLS IN FAHRENHEIT 451 Manifestation of fear and the terrors of technology - Mind-numbing, mind-controlling technologica amusements offered by society - Characters become the parlor “relatives.” - Knowledge and the Mind - Futility of filling humans with experiences that seem worth preserving Books are the tools of retention. Loss of freedoms of speech, thought, and press - Mythological multicolored bird of Arabia - At end of its 500-year existence, it perches on its nest of spices and sings until sunlight ignites the mass. A worm emerges from the ashes developing into the next phoenix. - Visual representation of fire – In mythology it endures the flames without burning. - Temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns - - Self-destruction of Society - - Society’s need to really look at itself and reflect on the need to change (p 164) - Mildred saw herself reflected in a mirror right before she died. (p 159) In literature the beetle, with its prominent black horns, is connected with Satan. Vehicles, too, in this dystopian society resemble beetles. Fire Hose represents a great serpent, a key reminder of Adam and Eve’s temptation to disobey God.
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