Published on February 26, 2014
American Literature and Composition 28 August 2012
Journal Prompt 28 August 2012 To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. ~E.M. Forster
It was a pleasure to burn.
A few words of imagery/symbolism Eaten Blackened Changed Python Conductor Burning Ruins Jumped Swarm Fireflies Pigeon-winged Spitting Symphonies Tatters Marshmallow Orange Gorging Flame Fists Venomous Blazing Charcoal Flame
characters What are the connections? • • • • • • • • • Guy Montag Clarisse McClellan Mildred “Operators” Bob, Ruth, Helen Mechanical Hound Captain Beatty The Parlor Literature
Compare/Contrast • Montag to Clarisse • Clarisse to Mildred • Mildred to Montag • The Hound to Captain Beatty • Captain Beatty to society
Reaction What bothered you most in this section?
Reaction Which character is most like you?
Reaction How is our society similar to this one?
Clarisse An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running…and more sports…bing, bing, bing…go out in cars and race on the streets…either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up each other…six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone…Ten of them dies in car wrecks…they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else….
Reaction How does that make you feel?
History How did Montag’s society change from an educated and literate one to one driven by experiences and sensationalism?
Mildred What was Mildred trying to escape with her seashells and parlor walls and sleeping pills?
• • • • • Do you see anything familiar in the process? What are the symptoms in the US? What are the symptoms in East Cobb? Why is it happening? Are you a participant or are you like Clarisse?
Read “The Sieve and the Sand” section of the book. Make notes (not collected, but for class discussion) about the images or ideas that affected you most as you read this section. Bonus: Create some artistic representation of one of the symbols from this section. Be able to explain the symbol in its context and its relevance to today. (This will be a bonus project grade) HOMEWORK
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