AP English Language and Composition Summer Reading - AP English Summer Reading Book Fahrenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury Setting Futuristic America

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AP English Summer Reading Book: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Setting: Futuristic America, written in the 1950s (Also a play written by Ray Bradbury, and a movie directed by Francois Truffaut) Characters: Guy Montag Mildred Montag Captain Beatty Professor Faber Clarisse McClennan Plot : In a world where the possession of books is illegal, Guy Montag’s job as a fireman is to start fires. When a book or secret library is discovered, the firemen are called to come and destroy these books. Guy has never questioned his career or the reason for his job, but rather takes it on faith that the government has the people’s best interests at heart. When he meets Clarisse McClennan, however, an eccentric young girl who knows of a time when the firemen were used for different purposes, Montag begins his conflicting search for answers. Genre: Science Fiction Topics: Ignorance Fear (relates to what’s happening in the world as it was written- Cold War) o Fear of spread of communism o Fear of nuclear war o Containment o McCarthyism (as soon as a book was discovered, the house was burned. No questions asked, no investigations, etc.) Ray Bradbury’s fears about how the government will control the ideas of the future (?). Themes: Without individuality and the ability for people to think for themselves, society looses its desire to become greater and stronger. Knowledge is the key to an understanding of life. Although ignorance may prevent people from being unhappy, knowledge and study are crucial for the growth of a society. Censorship allows a government to control the thoughts of the people. Quotes: Phoenix quote page 163 End of first paragraph 153, end of last paragraph pg 153 Sun quote pg 141 Pg 105 Montag’s fear Pg 29- find out that indoctrination begins with early education, nobody questions, idealistic society However idealistic this society is, it’s also very destructive pg30 Thoughts : I loved this book. I found the writing interesting and refreshingly different, and the concept held my interest throughout the entire novel.
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