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Ray Bradbury Webquest
Transcript of Ray Bradbury Webquest
1. When was Ray Bradbury born?
1. What is significant about the date, May 10, 1933?
German students burned books with "unGerman ideas."
1. Define a dystopian society.
A dystopia is a futuristic world that has the illusion of a perfect society, when in reality it is just under complete control.
2. Is he still living?
No, Bradbury died at the age of 91 in 2012.
3. What major life events or ideas may have influenced Bradbury while growing up?
"Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped
2. In what way might the pictures of book burning images inspire Bradbury to write Fahrenheit 451?
It is a powerful image to see a group of young educated men, burning books. An image, such as this, could have inspired Bradbury to write a story about the whole world becoming infected by this idea: that we should not read books that do not relate to our ideas.
3. What effect do you think the burning of books had on the authors whose works were burned?
It was probably extremely hurtful to see a country give up on their hard work, that they had dedicated their lives to. At the same time, it probably motivated them to keep writing.
2. What are some important characteristics of a dystopian society?
• Propaganda is used to control
• Freedom is restricted
• Someone or something is worshiped
•Citizens are under constant surveillance
• Citizens have a fear of the world outside of their own
• The natural world is not trusted
• Citizens must have uniforms
Individuality is illegal
• The society seems as if it were a perfect world
3. How does a person feel when living in a dystopian society?
They feel as if they can't escape. They help the reader to acknowledge the bad aspects of living in such a world.
1. Define censorship.