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Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. Setting. Loosely based on the Nazi book burnings and Stalin’s “The Great Purge.” The Great Purge = writers, poets, etc. were arrested and sometimes killed . Cold War and America’s fear of communism

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fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

setting
Setting
  • Loosely based on the Nazi book burnings and Stalin’s “The Great Purge.”
    • The Great Purge = writers, poets, etc. were arrested and sometimes killed.
    • Cold War and America’s fear of communism
  • No specified time or place, but set somewhere in mid-west America, sometime after 1960.
  • Set in a dystopian society where all books are banned.
dystopia
Dystopia
  • What is a “dystopian” novel?
    • Depicts a future society often defined by excessive authoritative control and limited personal freedom.
    • Often makes a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
    • Use of technology is often advanced and/or abused
characteristics of dystopias
Characteristics of Dystopias
  • Propoganda
  • Restricted information, independent thought, and freedom
  • Citizens live in fear
  • Citizens are forced to conform to uniform standards.
  • Citizens may be under surveillance.
  • The society worships one person or concept.
  • Can you think of any books or movies that would be considered dystopian?
    • The Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender’s Game
    • Why are these dystopian? Give a specific reference.
other themes
Other Themes
  • Role of media
    • Threat to society?
    • Discourage people from reading?
  • Censorship
  • http://www.shmoop.com/fahrenheit-451/
guiding questions
Guiding Questions
  • What is the role of media?
  • Is the effect of media positive? Or negative?
  • Is censorship ever acceptable?
  • Is the law ever "wrong"?
  • Why would society ever ban books?
  • What does the author want us to think about media? Books?