UNIT 9 Farenheit 451 by n3NYd0M

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                  UNIT 9:
                  Fahrenheit 451
                  By Ray Bradbury
Essential Questions:
•How does the novel reflect themes related to technology, nature,
censorship, propaganda, escapism and conformity?
•How do the cultural elements and themes in Fahrenheit connect to
the philosophies of China?

•Does Bradbury’s prediction for the future reflect our present day
American culture and if so, how?
•How does one effectively and strategically read a novel?
•How does one write about themes in literature?
          Context of the novel:
• Written in 1950:
  • Television becomes popular!!!
     • 1950: 9% of households had a TV
     • 1955: 64% had TV
     • 1960: 87% had TV
     • 2011: (what do you think?)
  • World War 11: 1939-1945
  • Helicopter invented 1939
  • Bombing of Hiroshima: August 6, 1945
Science Fiction (genre):
fiction based on imagined future, scientific or
technological advances, and major social or
environmental changes
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 Ray Bradbury saw the changes that were happening in the world and
 created fiction based on what he foreshadowed life might be like in the
 future. Pick among the problems below OR choose another, and
 hypothesize what life might be like 50 years from now if the problem
 were to become an epidemic (widespread). (8 lines double spaced)

 •   violence poverty drug use rise in gas prices

 •   unemployment terrorism/warfare    global warming
 Terms/devices to understand
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         & look for
EPIPHANY: a sudden realization

PARADOX: something that contradicts itself but is true

SYMBOLISM: an object that represents something else

  Title of Part 1: “THE HEARTH AND THE SALAMANDER”

  Title of Part 2: “THE SIEVE AND THE SAND”

SIMILE AND METAPHOR: comparisons of two unlike things

  Similes use “like” or “as;” metaphors do not.
    MAJOR CHARACTERS
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GUY MONTAG: protagonist, middle aged, “fireman”

MILDRED (MILLIE): Montag's wife, self-absorbed, a typical
specimen of their society

CLARISSE: 17 years old, lives next door to Montag, opposite of
most in their society, Mildred’s foil

CAPTAIN BEATTY: Captain of the fire company, one of the
“leaders” in their society: a paradox

FABER: A retired professor, helps Montag later in the novel

GRANGER: A thinker and a reader, lives on the edges of society
    Biggest THEME (ARGUABLY):
•   THE DUMBING OF
    SOCIETY AS A RESULT OF
    TECHNOLOGY:                      “Who reads?...Ugh!”


    dependance on technology
    rather than self-
    resourcefulness
    the shortening of attention
    spans
    the constant temptation to let
    others do our thinking for us
     Additional THEMES
Government control through technology:
 Look for any place in the novel where the
 government is using technology to physically
 or mentally manipulate peoples’ thoughts
 and behaviors
               THEMES

Propaganda: information which is false or
which emphasizes just one part of a situation;
used by a government or political group to
make people agree with them
             THEMES

Censorship: the examining of books,
films, mail, etc. to remove anything that
is considered offensive, morally harmful,
or politically dangerous, etc.




                     from Time/Life Magazine
           THEMES

Conformity: behavior that obeys the
accepted rules of a society or group,
and is the same as that of most
people
           THEMES
Escapism: activities or
entertainment that helps one forget
about bad or boring things for a
short time
                  THEMES

Importance of/disregard for nature:
What does nature provide us with physically, mentally,
spiritually?
Look for any place in the novel where a character has a
realization about nature.
Look for anything in the novel that discusses people
becoming detached or apathetic(not caring) about nature.
ESSAY PROMPT (academic)

Using examples and at least THREE QUOTES from the novel, discuss
HOW Ray Bradbury addresses the theme [you have chosen] throughout
the novel.

After discussing the theme in the book, discuss
the theme in OUR MODERN WORLD using the
article you read, and ONE QUOTE you have
pulled from the ONLINE ARTICLE, as an
example.
In your CONCLUSION address the following: Why does Bradbury think
the theme could be problematic for society? Have we become that which
Ray Bradbury feared?
  ESSAY PROMPT (applied)

Using examples and at least TWO QUOTES from the novel, discuss
HOW Ray Bradbury addresses the theme [you have chosen]
throughout the novel.

After discussing the theme in the book,
discuss the theme in OUR MODERN WORLD
using the article you read, and ONE QUOTE
you have pulled from the ONLINE ARTICLE,
as an example.
In your CONCLUSION address the following: Why does Bradbury
think the theme could be problematic for society? Have we become
that which Ray Bradbury feared?
      TYPE TWO WRITING
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The novel begins with a quote by
Juan Ramon Jimenez stating, “If
they give you ruled paper, write
the other way.”

Explain what the quote means
and how the book connects to the
quote so far. Give an example
from the text.

      If you add a sentence
explaining why writing about this
quote, in this manner, is incredibly
ironic.
         Is it escapist?
     WHY or why not? Explain
      •   facebook?


You must come to a consensus! (You must all agree!)
     You must write in a complete sentence.
           Do not use the word “YOU.”
        Is it escapist?
•   iPods?
       WHY or why not?




You must come to a consensus! (You must all
                  agree!)
  You must write in a complete sentence.
       Do not use the word “YOU.”
             Is it escapist?
            WHY or why not?
      •   texting?


You must come to a consensus! (You must all agree!)
     You must write in a complete sentence.
           Do not use the word “YOU.”

								
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