Fahrenheit 451 iii Page HandoutsContentsIntroductionvTeacher Notes viiLessons1 Prereading Activities 1 1, 2, 3, 42 Investigating Part 1 11 5, 6, 73 Book Burning 19 8, 94 Exploring Irony 25 10, 115 The Future Is Now 31 12, 136 Allusions: Making Connections 37 14, 15, 167 Specific, Concrete Imagery 45 17, 18, 198 Hidden Meanings: Archetypes and Symbols 53 20, 21, 229 “I Am the Book” 63 23, 2410 Unasked Questions 69 25, 26, 27Supplementary MaterialsObjective Test:Fahrenheit 45176Answer Key 79Creative Assessment:Fahrenheit 45182Essay Test: Fahrenheit 45183
iv Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 v IntroductionReading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451in the twenty-first century is as exciting as when it was first published in 1953. Probably Bradbury’s most famous and influential novel, this work of science fiction explores a not-too-distant future when citizens are forced to conform and books are banned and burned. Written during the Cold War and the era of Mc-Carthyism, this novel also addresses the destructive capacity of totalitarian government. The early 1950s was also the time period when America’s love affair with television and mass communication began. Bradbury indicts consumerism and dependency on technology by illustrating how creativ-ity and individuality are destroyed by rampant advertising and intrusive government control.Another intriguing aspect of this novel is Bradbury’s distinctive style, which combines a suspenseful story line with poetic devices such as allu-sions, figurative language, and sensory imagery. Bradbury’s preoccupation with humanism is also illustrated by the sentimental value of friendship and loyalty over visionary technology. The social commentary that is both satirical and optimistic is never simplistic or predictable. Most of all, Brad-bury celebrates the spirit of human imagination.