Guy Montag is a fireman in a world that burns books and is very totalitarian in its society. He is pressured to burn books by Beatty, but also has a curiosity about what is in the books. His wife follows the rules and social pressures of the society. Clarisse is a free spirit who encourages Montag’s curiosity. Faber is an old man who Montag meets who tells him about the past when people read books. Ultimately, Montag must make his own choice.
What to Know About the Book Before You Read It.
Ironically, this book about censorship has been the target of frequent challenges, and itself been subject to censorship and expurgation.
Important Note: Farenheit 451 is required summer reading for students in Honors English I (9th-grade). Honors I students will also select an additional book from the list.
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banned, challenged, expurgated, etc.
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Why are books burned?
How does Mildred refer to the people she interacts with on her Telescreens?
What technology is used in the advertising that comes through the telescreens?
What strategy is used to preserve the information that was formerly in physical books?
Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.
1. When was your book written? When does it take place? How does that compare to 2017?
2. Who holds power or authority in your book?
3. How does technology affect the daily lives of the characters in your book?
4. What kinds of information or media is communicated in your book? -- News? Advertising? Entertainment? Education? Propaganda? etc?
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