Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who is this Faber character anyway?

As Montag continues his exploration of books, he seeks out Professor Faber. Enter mentor #2. Superficially, Faber appears the complete opposite of Beatty--books are necessary--at least the good ones. But dig a little deeper, there are quite a few ways he is similar to Beatty.

Re-read sections of "The Sand and the Sieve" and explore how Professor Faber compares to Captain Beatty, and then discuss the impact Faber has on Montag.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fahrenheit 451--America today?

An interviewer once asked Ray Bradbury, "Do you think the country is moving closer to the fictional America you wrote about?" Without revealing Bradbury's answer, I challenge you to answer that question. Look back through Part One and consider the different elements of Bradbury's fictional America: the technology, the parlor walls, the "relatives", the Seashells, Beatty's perspective on American culture and education on pages 54-62. Examine these elements with a critical eye. Are there parallels to American society today?

Write a well-developed response in which you agree or disagree using specific examples from the text and modern society as support.