Test on fahrenheit 451...
Warm up: How does this comic strip relate to one of themes from Fahrenheit 451?
Another Discussion question--Assignment Due after break
Today in class:
Have a wonderful & safe break!!
Homework: Read & Discussion question
Today in class:
You were given some vocabulary words to add to your pre-made journals. You will need to write these on page one of your journals and record the word, quote, page number, definition, and picture for each word. Make sure to fit all 10 words on the first page only.
Themes to think about:
Examples of Cynicism:
Throughout this section, many things are "burning bright", including Montag's idealism and adherence to promoting truth and knowledge. --gradesaver.com
One night while Montag is walking home from a day's work, he meets a young, bright girl named Clarisse McClellan. She is idealistic and hates the social structure of the times. She says that firemen once put out fires started accidentally instead of starting them --ABCessays
But Montag may perhaps be too rigid an idealist, having rejected his former society-- goodreads
"Patience, Montag. Let the war turn off the ‘families.’ Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge."
"There has to be someone ready when it blows up."
"What? Men quoting Milton? Saying, I remember Sophocles? Reminding the survivors that man has his good side, too? They will only gather up their stones to hurl at each other. Montag, go home. Go to bed." (2.178-81)
Faber scoffs at Montag’s idealism, but really, the man has a point. It is books and knowledge that will help the world re-build "when it blows up." In fact, this is what happens at the end of the novel. Right?
Examples of Cynicism:
Two cynical hospital workers arrive with a machine that pumps Mildred’s stomach (Montag later refers to the device as the “Snake”) and another that replaces all her poisoned blood with fresh blood. Montag goes outside and listens to the laughter and the voices coming from the brightly lit McClellan house. --Sparknotes
Montag turns off the TV walls and tries to engage the three women in conversation. They reluctantly oblige him, but he becomes angry when they describe how they voted in the last presidential election, based solely on the physical appearance and other superficial qualities of the candidates. Their detached and cynical references to their families and the impending war angers him further. He brings out a book of poetry and shows it to them, despite their objections and Faber’s (delivered via his ear radio). --Sparknotes
Suicide is rampant in this society, as Bradbury shows earlier. And after all, Beatty is a very depressed man. Though he knows the power that books have, he is cynical about them, citing the troubles that come from their reading. www.novelguide.com/
As he walks home after collecting money for the printer from an all-night robot teller, Montag listens to military broadcasts in his ear and to Faber's cynical comments on those broadcasts. Montag says he doesn't want to go from being told what to do by one side of the battle to being told what to do by someone on the other side - he wants to think independently. Faber tells him he's already becoming wise but that Montag has to trust him for a while. He then starts reading to Faber from the Bible's Book of Job.-- www.bookrags.com
“If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
― Ray Bradbury
In your notebooks: What does this quote mean? "If they give you lined paper, write the other way." --Juan Ramon Jimenez
EFFECTIVE BEGINNING? Why??
Point: We are introduced to an arresting protagonist.
Create a note card with three strong quotes to demonstrate the point.
EQ: What is a Dystopia? What does it look like?
Today in class:
The painter Thomas Cole did a series of works called "The Course of the Empire. " It was based on a few lines from a poem by the poet Byron about the rise and fall of humanity. Byron wrote:
There is the moral of all human tales;
This but the same rehearsal of the past
First Freedom, and then Glory: when that fails
Wealth, vice, corruption
Look through the paintings in the series, noticing how the sun rises and moves through the sky like a day beginning with the sun rise and ending with the sunset. The mountain in the background is a constant, but the foreground changes drastically. As you look through the paintings, think about the parallels between them and the rise and fall of civilizations.
FULL TITLE · Fahrenheit 451
TYPE OF WORK · Novel
GENRE · Science fiction
LANGUAGE · English
TIME AND PLACE WRITTEN · 1950–1953, Los Angeles, California
DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION · 1953 (a shorter version entitled “The Fireman” was published in 1951 in Galaxy Science Fiction)
PUBLISHER · Ballantine Books
NARRATOR · Third-person, limited omniscient; follows Montag’s point of view, often articulating his interior monologues
CLIMAX · Montag’s murder of Beatty
PROTAGONIST · Montag
ANTAGONIST · Beatty, but also society in general
SETTING (TIME) · Sometime in the twenty-fourth century; there have been two atomic wars since 1990
SETTING (PLACE) · In and around an unspecified city
POINT OF VIEW · Montag’s
FALLING ACTION · Montag’s trip out of the city into the country
TENSE · Past, with occasional transitions into present tense during Montag’s interior monologues and stream-of-consciousness passages
FORESHADOWING · Montag’s uncanny feelings of prescience; early descriptions of the Mechanical Hound; Montag’s nervous glances toward the ventilator shaft where he has hidden his books; discussion of the qualities of fire
TONE · Foreboding and menacing, disoriented, poetic, bitterly satirical
THEMES · Censorship, knowledge versus ignorance
MOTIFS · Paradoxes, animals and nature, religion, television and radio
SYMBOLS · Fire, blood, the Electric-Eyed Snake, the hearth, the salamander, the phoenix, the sieve and the sand, Denham’s Dentifrice, the dandelion, mirrors