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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Section 8- Fahrenheit 451- A Glimpse at Book Burning and Other Horror

Hello, classmates and fellow heretics. My group chose to do our midterm report on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. We decided to choose this work because of all the recent political controversy that has ensued over reading books with the most recent being that our own president does not read books. With that being said, I would like to introduce my group’s central project theme: book burning.  

Image result for book burning photoIf one does not take away anything much from Bradbury’s 451, they will, at the very least, understand that this book is set in a dark, dystopian future in which firemen start fires to burn books instead of preventing fires to stop destruction. With this being said, it is only natural that we chose book burning as our central theme.  Furthermore, we chose to tie together this central theme with three characters taken from the book and how those characters relate to the main protagonist. Namely, we wanted to convey how these characters aided the protagonist, Guy Montag, in his personal growth as he comes to the realization of how he himself is and what his actions mean. By showing character growth, we, ourselves, can come to understand how burning books (or burning the past) may lead to our own destruction and added mistakes. 

To go along with the theme of three, our presentation is split into three sections: Clarisse McClellan ("Censorship"), Captain Beatty ("Book Burning"/"Change"), and Faber ("Enlightenment").  The questions for each section will be split up at the end.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Philosophy of Walking. Chapters 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, & 19.

*Quiz Questions come from each chapter shown above*

Quiz Questions

  1. Walking is not a what?
  2. What kind of freedom happens by walking?
  3. Outside is a transition; what does it separate?
  4. What was Rousseau claimed to be? 
  5. What is the first energy you feel when walking? 
  6. Why is Outside no longer a transition? 

Discussion Questions

  1. Which philosophy of walking did you find most interesting?
  2. Do you think philosophies of walking can change/new over time?
  3. Do you agree, like many philosophers, that walking in solitude is the best form of walking?
  4. As mentioned in chapter one, Frederic Gros says that walking is not a sport. Do you agree in fact, that walking is not a sport? 

Darren Sirikoun
Section #10