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Fahrenheit 451 Prereading
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Prereading
by Ray Bradbury
According to Article 19 in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right included freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
*Is this an important right to have? Why or why not?
Who should be in charge of monitoring the types of materials (books, music, movies, etc.) to which we are exposed?
Should a book not be read because it brings up uncomfortable subjects or triggers thought in the reader’s mind? Why or why not?
In 1983, four members of the Alabama State Textbook committee called for the rejection of
Anne Frank: The
Diary of a Young Girl
because it is a “real downer.”
-How is this loneliness possible when 80 million people are also engaged in the same activity?
-How does this quote apply to other elements of technology: Facebook, Twitter, the internet, cell phones, texting, etc.?
T.S. Eliot said, “The remarkable thing about TV is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke—and still I feel lonely.”
We are a society that seems to lust after entertainment, to make it the entire focus of our lives.
What role should entertainment play in our lives?
Is entertainment addictive? Can it serve the same purposes as drugs or alcohol? Explain.
If all books were going to be destroyed tomorrow, which one book would you want to save? Why?
Humans are constantly seeking for perfection: the perfect job, the perfect life, the perfect society. Part of being human, however, is being flawed in thought and conception.
*What happens when what we conceptualize as “perfect societies,” or utopias, are as flawed as the people who invent them?
*What happens when the reality of flawed humanity imposes itself?
Dystopian literature explores the answers to these questions. Throughout the novel, we will examine the role of the individual both in dystopian literature and in modern societies.
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Legend of Zelda
Jak and Daxter
Some Examples of Dystopian Video Games:
The Book of Eli
I am Legend
Escape from New York
War of the Worlds
Planet of the Apes
A Clockwork Orange
28 Days Later
Some Examples of Dystopian Films:
The Dark Tower
The God Project
Brave New World
Lord of the Flies
The Time Machine
The Long Walk
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Children of Men
Some Examples of Dystopian Novels and Short Stories:
A dystopia is the often- futuristic vision of a society in which conditions of life are supposed to be ideal, but instead are miserable: they are characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence and/or terror, resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain.
What do you think a dystopia is?
What is a utopia?
Some Examples of Dystopian TV Shows:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Twilight Zone
was published in 1953. Life was very different then...
Mass Audience television celebrated traditional American values
1946 - 7,000 TV sets in the U. S.
1950 - 50,000,000 TV sets in the U. S.
1951 -- First IBM Mainframe Computer
1952 -- Hydrogen Bomb Test
1953 -- DNA Structure Discovered
1954 -- Salk Vaccine Tested for Polio
1957 -- First Commercial U. S. Nuclear Power Plant
1957 -- Russians launch Sputnik I
1958 -- NASA Created
Progress Through Science
1946-1962 -- U. S. exploded 217 nuclear weapons over the Pacific and in Nevada.
Created the“Duck-and-Cover Generation”
-1947-1957: factory workers decreased by 4.3%, eliminating 1.5 million blue-collar jobs.
-By 1956: more white-collar than blue-collar jobs in the U. S.
Consumerism and the Changing Workplace
"All babies are potential consumers who spearhead a brand-new market for food, clothing, and shelter."
-- Life Magazine (May, 1958)
1950 Introduction of the Diner’s Card
1956 Interstate Highway Act: largest public works project in American history
-Cost $32 billion.
-41,000 miles of
new highways built.
*1945 - 25,000,000
*1960 - 60,000,000
The Culture of the Car
What are the elements of science fiction, and
what do many writers explore through this genre?
and dystopian literature