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Fahrenheit 451 Book Talk
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Book Talk
Friday, January 18, 2012 Introduction Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Canada: The Macmillan Company Limited,
"Ray Bradbury." Biography.com. A+E Networks. n.d. Web. 24 Jan 2013. Bradbury only had a high school education. Bradbury won many awards for his work such as the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and The National Medal of Arts Award. Bradbury has written many novels including The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine. Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury and was first published in 1953. Ray Bradbury was an American author, screenwriter and poet. He was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Illinois, USA and died on June 5th, 2012, at the age of 91. Setting Plot Character Important Quotation Personal
Reactions Conclusion Theme Works Cited - Guy Montag is a fireman -Society is absorbed in meaningless media -Montag never questioned his job or society - He meets Clarisse, an intellectual teenager -His wife attempts suicide - At a book burning, the owner of the books burns herself with her books - He realizes that literature is important and powerful - Montag and Faber work together to preserve and expose literature - When authorities discover that Montag knows too much, he must flee - The main character in Fahrenheit 451 is Guy Montag, a fireman At the beginning of the novel Montag is :
Robotic Montag becomes:
Rebellious Montag is likeable because:
He stands up for knowledge and literature
He is compassionate Montag is complicated because:
He keeps changing his mind and does not have a specific plan I am similar to Montag because:
I value literature and knowledge I am different from Montag because:
I don't think I would have the courage to go against society -Fahrenheit 451 is set in the unspecified future - The story takes place in a city and in a forest outside of the city - Society is very dependent on technology - Society has lost most communication between people Some of the technologies in the novel are:
Green Bullet - People who keep and read books are considered mentally insane I've had two children [...] The world must reproduce [...] I plunk the children in school nine days out of ten. I put up with them when they come home three days a month; it's not bad at all. You heave them into the "parlor" and turn the switch. It's like washing clothes; stuff laundry in and slam the lid'" (Bradbury 86-87). - This shows that the importance of family has been completely lost The only reason why most people have children is to continue the human race - I found the technologies used in Fahrenheit 451 very interesting - It is astonishing that Bradbury thought of devices similar to the technology that we use today 60 years ago - I like that the novel shows the power of knowledge - The novel shows that literature is very educational and shouldn't be lost I recommend this novel because:
It shows the importance of knowledge and literature
It makes you think about the possible consequences of using media and not literature
It is very interesting that Bradbury thought of technologies long before they were developped I would give this novel an 8/10 - I think the theme of Fahrenheit 451 is 'when knowledge and individual thought is replaced by meaningless media, people are not truly happy' - The burning of books symbolizes the destruction of knowledge, this knowledge is replaced by media - People are not given time to think for themselves since they are constantly surrounded by distractions - Most of the population is unhappy, many people commit suicide each day