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1950s & Farenheit 451
Transcript of 1950s & Farenheit 451
What are some important things that happened in the 1950s?
What are some important themes in Fahrenheit 451?
How are these things related?
Bradbury used Fahrenheit 451 to discuss the problems and the benefits of the 1950s
A major theme in Fahrenheit 451 is burning inappropriate books. This was done to keep people from learning, thinking, or having a choice. Montag says the firemen's slogan is "Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn'em to ashes, then burn the ashes." This shows a clear connection with Nazi book burnings of the 1930s.
World War II
US dropped 1st atomic bomb
People accused of being communists
TV became dominant form of mass media
Cars became affordable for most people
People are not allowed to read
Thinking is bad
People are expected to live their lives without asking questions or learning
Ignorance is good
People want to stay distracted and entertained at all times
Technology is necessary
Technology allows people to stay distracted and content with their lives
Think about what was important in the 1950s and what is important in Fahrenheit 451
Decide on two things from the 1950s that are examined in Fahrenheit 451. Write a paragraph explaining your answer.
- what you are examining
- why you feel it is related to both the 1950s and Fahrenheit 451
- use at least two direct quotes from the book to support your answer