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Fahrenheit 451 Introduction

This Prezi starts by explaining what a dystopian novel is, then gives a brief biography of the author, Ray Bradbury. Finally, it dives into the elements of the text, including its themes, motifs, symbols, and characters. It also gives literary terms.

Peter Eliot

on 28 November 2018

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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Introduction

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian* novel written by Ray Bradbury
Before we discuss the novel more , a few notes on Ray Bradbury:
He got the idea for writing 451 after seeing an incredible display of censorship: "When I was fifteen, [Hitler] burnt the books in the streets of Berlin . Then along the way I learned about the libraries in Alexandria burning five thousand years ago. That grieved my soul...And if it could happen in Alexandria, if it could happen in Berlin, maybe it could happen somewhere up ahead, and my heroes would be killed."
Bradbury was probably the first successful science fiction writer. He published his first short story, "Homecoming" after being discovered by Truman Capote, who was working at the magazine Mademoiselle at the time.

His book "The Martian Chronicles" is about the colonization of Mars.
He wrote the novel in a library on a rented typewriter. It took him NINE DAYS to write what would become one of the most celebrated novels of all time: "The novel began that day, and nine days later it was finished. But my God, what a place to write that book! I ran up and down stairs and grabbed books off the shelf to find any kind of quote and ran back down and put it in the novel. The book wrote itself in nine days, because the library told me to do it. "
Finally, the novel:
Fahrenheit 451
, named for the so-called autoignition point for books, deals with the idea of censorship
And we still deal with censorship today
Bradbury found out about this censorship and immediately demanded it be reversed.

It hasn't been censored since 1980.
** Dystopian = a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Dystopias are often characterized by
1. dehumanization, 2. totalitarian governments,
3. environmental disaster, and/or 4. other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.

The novel discusses three main themes:
The effects of censorship
Ignorance vs. Awareness
The effects of the media

Salamander: The salamander was believed to live in fire and be unaffected by flames, and is the symbol of the firemen; it's also what they call their trucks.
The novel also incorporates several symbols and motifs:
Nature Imagery: Nature is considered a foreign element to Montag and the rest of the populace. The description of nature, as well as Montag's reaction to it, express a great deal.
Mechanical Hound: The Hound is a mechanical bounty hunter in the shape of a dog. It's made of copper wires and other technologies, and is so powerful that it could hunt down 10,000 men without stopping.
Adaptations: The novel has been adapted and has influenced many films and television shows, the most famous being...
The novel is set in a future America where books are outlawed and firemen are in charge of burning those books and any structures they're housed in, including homes.
Ironically, 14 years after its initial release in 1951,
was censored, having over 75 passages fixed to avoid mild cursing and mild mature themes.
American Library Association
Banned books 2007-2011
The Phoenix:
A mythical creature stemming from many
Mediterranean cultures, the Phoenix is a bird that lives, dies, and is reborn in flame.
Guy Montag
A fireman, Montag has happily set fire to homes for years. He believes in the rules that have been placed upon him.
Captain Beatty
Beatty is the fire chief and is
more complex than his original
blind rule-following would have
us believe.
Mildred Montag
Guy's wife is thoroughly
plugged into the multi-media world around her.
TVs in 451 take up whole walls and people can
"plug in" and become a character in the show.
Clarisse McClellan
Clarisse, who's "seventeen and crazy,"
is an interesting mix of innocence and rebellion. She asks Montag one of the most important questions in the book: "Are you happy?"
Literary Terms:
: comparing two things, usually for comparison or explanation
: the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
: a statement that seems to contradict itself
: the art of expression and the persuasive use of language
Situational Irony
: when the results of a situation are the opposite from the expectation
: an expression of the writer's attitude toward a subject

The unnamed city in
is preparing
for war and huge fleets of jets occasionally
tear across the sky.
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