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Fahrenheit 451. REVIEW. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012 Genres include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery Fahrenheit 451 published in 1953 Presents a future American society where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them.

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Fahrenheit 4511
Fahrenheit 451

  • Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012

  • Genres include fantasy, science

    fiction, horror, and mystery

  • Fahrenheit 451 published in 1953

  • Presents a future American society

    where books are outlawed and

    firemen burn any house that

    contains them.


Dystopian fiction
Dystopian Fiction

  • Dystopia – a society where people lead dehumanized and fearful lives.

  • Opposite of utopia

  • Characteristics:

    • Poverty and totalitarian governments

    • Environmental disaster or cataclysmic decline

    • Oppression of justice and freedom

    • Often set in the future

    • Often analogies for real-world issues.


Text to world connections
Text-to-World Connections

  • Dystopian fiction is often an analogy for real-world issues.

    • McCarthyism

    • Censorship

    • Book Burning


Real world issues in f451
Real-World Issues in F451

  • McCarthyism

    • Making unfair allegations in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.

  • McCarthy Era, 1950-1956

    • Heightened fears of communist influence & spies in America.

    • Thousands of Americans accused of being communists and became the subject of aggressive investigations.

    • Many lost their jobs and careers were destroyed. Some were imprisoned.

  • Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin,

  • an anti-communist


Real world issues in f4511
Real-World Issues in F451

  • Censorship

    The practice of suppressing or deleting anything considered objectionable.

    • Clean versions of music

    • Internet censorship in China

    • Books banned, edited, and/or challenged


Real world issues in f4512
Real-World Issues in F451

  • Book Burning

    Bradbury was horrified

    by the Nazi book burning

    campaigns of WWII.

    They burned books by Jewish authors or considered un-German


Definitions
Definitions

  • Connotation – the suggested meaning; implication

  • Symbol – a person, place, or thing that represents deeper meaning or an abstract concept


Symbolism fire
Symbolism - Fire

  • “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened, and changed.” (1)

  • “Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” (57)

  • “We never burned right…” (113)

  • Bonfire, with Granger (140)

  • “it was not the hysterical light of electricity but – what? But the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle.” (5)


Other symbols
Other Symbols

  • Books, p. 80

  • Front Porch, p. 60

  • Mechanical Hound, p. 21-22

  • Phoenix, p. 23, 156


Rhetorical triangle
Rhetorical Triangle

Rhetorical Situation

(Context)

Ethos

(Speaker)

Medium

(written text,

speech, TV, film,

art, internet, etc.)

Logos

(Message)

Pathos

(Audience)


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