18 January 2013

Today we’ll start with vocabulary.

Then, we’ll move on to talking about F451 Part II in three phases, all in small groups:

1. Talk through the questions you wrote about for journal prompt #1.

2. Talk through the questions that I’ve provided on the board:

  • What do the section titles mean (“The Hearth and the Salamander” and “The Sieve and the Sand”)?
  • What is the significance of Beatty being so well-read?  How can we reconcile his apparent hatred of books with his apparent intimate knowledge of them?
  • What is the significance of the specific book Montag has saved?  What about his particular choice within that (of Ecclesiastes )?
  • Explore the scene on the train where Montag keeps trying to read and is interrupted by the toothpaste commercial.  What is significant here?  What might Foster notice?  What’s the dramatic tension and how is it (or isn’t it) resolved?
  • What is significant about the particular poem that Montag reads (Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold)?
  • What do we learn about Montag’s society from the women’s conversation?
  • Why does Mrs. Phelps cry?

3. Identify which motifs you’ve chosen to track (journal prompt #3a).  Motifs often point toward concepts or themes, or evolve to have symbolic value.  Given this, create some discussion about the motifs you’ve chosen.  Where are they going?  What themes, concepts or symbols might be highlighted via these motifs?


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