Presentation on theme: "By Ray Bradbury. Utopian Literature Literature that describes an imaginary ideal world. Coined by Thomas More Pun on the Greek eutopia “good place”"— Presentation transcript:
Utopian Literature Literature that describes an imaginary ideal world. Coined by Thomas More Pun on the Greek eutopia “good place” and outopia “no place” Dystopian Literature Literature that describes an imaginary world that is highly unpleasant. Greek term for “bad place” Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel.
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” A challenge to authority Spanish Civil War
Fahrenheit 451 is set in the future, but the events of the 1950’s greatly influenced the story’s plot. WWII recently ended Atomic bombs-Nagasaki and Hiroshima Cold War-fear of communism and nuclear warfare reflected in many aspects of Western culture.
By the 1950s 60% of Americans were considered “middle class”=consumerism Electronics industry became 5 th largest post-war. Television was both popular and controversial. 1956 Interstate Highway Act lead to the American automobile culture. In 10 years the number of cars on the road increased by 20 million.
In the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451, everything is fireproofed In the 1950s the use of asbestos, a mixture of minerals used to make noncombustible materials, became extremely popular. The first 200 copies of Fahrenheit 451 were bound in a fireproof material.
Censoring-when words or parts of books are “cleaned up” or completely deleted from the original novel Censorship-to change to public’s access to material based the decisions of a governing authority or its representatives. This can range from restriction to complete removal of the text from an institution Challenged-an attempt to remove or restrict materials based on the objections of a person or group. Restriction-when a book is kept from a certain audience based on the objections of a person or group. Banned –when a book completely removed from an institution because of the objections of a person or group.
In the 13 th c. during the Mongol invasion of Baghdad, entire libraries were burnt, and books were thrown into the Tigris River WWII Germany, thousands of books that were unapproved by the Nazi party were burned. Communist Russia and China, which rose after the war, have also banned books. Dictatorships that survived the war, such as the Soviet Union and Spain, also banned and burned books. The authors of these works were also persecuted.
“Do not insult me with the beheadings, finger-choppings, or the lung-deflations you plan for my works. I need my head to shake or nod, my hand to wave or make into a fist, my lungs to shout or whisper with. I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book.”