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Fahrenheit 451 Symbol and Theme Project

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Discuss 5 strong/powerful/important symbols from the novel
Fahrenheit 451
Discuss 1 main theme from the novel
Fahrenheit 451
If you use any outside sources for either your symbols, your theme, or your pictures YOU MUST CITE THE ORIGINAL SOURCES
if you do not cite properly it is considered PLAGIARISM
Project Requirements
- "THE MEssage" of the piece
A theme is not necessarily stated outright; it often appears as a lesson or message that the reader understands by reading between the lines.
A literary work can have many themes.
Because different people can find different meanings in books. You may find a lesson that others don’t see.
The author may have more than one goal or message in mind when writing their novel
Now On to Our Example:
Slide Requirements
Each slide/page should contain at least one appropriate image that directly relates to the symbol/theme being discussed
Discuss with each symbol slide/page:
what the symbol represents
an exact quote from the novel where the symbol is used (including proper citation)
how it relates to the novel's overall message
Discuss with the theme slide/page:
what is the theme you chose
how the theme is reflected in the title, characters, plot, and setting
the link between the 5 symbols and the theme you chose
Danner - English 2 2014
Fahrenheit 451 Symbols and Theme Presentation
- A symbol is an object that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action, or material entity.
more simply, a symbols is when something stands for something else
Classic Examples:
rose = beauty
winter = death
red = blood
water = change
Symbol #1 ~ Eyes
The billboard eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg represent the growing commercialism of America and the fading presence of God in the East.
They stand for the empty gaze of God looking down on people who have abandoned their spiritual values in the quest to achieve material wealth
“But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground (
The Great Gatsby
Symbol #2 ~ Green Light at the end of Daisy's Dock
To Gatsby, the green light represents his dream, which is Daisy. To attain her would be completing Gatsby’s American Dream. The green light is described as small and far away which makes it appear impossible to reach. This will prove to be true for Gatsby.
The green light also more broadly represents society’s desire and the seeming impossibility of achieving the materialistic American Dream.
Later, the green light also comes to represent Gatsby's desire for the past, especially his past with Daisy.
“…he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away…” (The Great Gatsby 24)
Symbol #3 ~ The Valley of Ashes
Valley of Ashes represents absolute poverty and hopelessness. It illustrates how the American Dream is impossible to achieve. For example, Myrtle dies trying to escape the Valley of Ashes.
When Tom visits, it shows the difference between the rich and poor.
The symbolic decay because of the impact of capitalism and the wealthy on the less fortunate. Shows the corruption of the American Dream.
“This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of grey cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-grey men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight. … The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river, and, when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour.” (Pg. 26) (
The Great Gatsby
Theme ~ Corruption of the American Dream
Title - The title
The Great Gatsby
refers, almost sarcastically to how Gatsby symbolizes the idealism of the 1920s. His ideal life centered on money, greed, and carelessness that characterize living the ideally reckless life, and because of this he becomes the ideal of "greatness." This feeds into the theme of the American Dream because everything that Gatsby does it to accomplish the American Dream and to get Daisy.
Plot - The main plot line of the novel reflects the corruption of the American Dream. Gatsby’s dream of loving Daisy is ruined by the difference in their respective social statuses, his resorting to crime to make enough money to impress her, and the rampant materialism that characterizes her lifestyle. He finally gets everything that he ever wants and it is still not enough.
Characters - Daisy embodies the American Dream and the fact that she has everything - money, popularity, the "perfect" family and life - but is still not happy shows the dissatisfaction with the American Dream. Gatsby also strives for the American Dream, but ultimately achieves his dream through corrupt and illegal means.
Setting - For each bright sparkly location there is a location that opposes it, just life with the sparkly American Dream you have reality to offset it. Compared to the sparkle of the city there is the Valley of Ashes, Gatsby's house has Nick's house, Daisy's home compared to Myrtle's apartment.
Supporting Quotes
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." (
The Great Gatsby
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. " (
The Great Gatsby
Theme ~ Corruption of the American Dream
Connection to Eyes - The eyes symbolize the faded eyes of God watching the corruption of the people as they strive to achieve the American Dream.
Connection to the Green Light - Gatsby reaching for his American Dream, which later extends to Daisy, who in her own way represents the embodiment of the American Dream.
Connection to the Valley of Ashes - The Valley of Ashes physically represents the corruption of the American Dream. The bustling, full-of-life city and the clean Eggs directly compare with the dirty, worn out Valley of Ashes that services them.
Supporting Quotes
"That locality was always vaguely disquieting, even in the broad glare of afternoon, and I now I turned my head as though I had been warned of something behind. Over the ashheaps the giant eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg kept their vigil" (
The Great Gatsby
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (
The Great Gatsby
"About half way between West Egg and New York the motor-road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for a quarter of a mile, so as it shrink away from a certain desolate area of land." (
The Great Gatsby
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