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 Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012  Genres include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery  Fahrenheit 451 published in 1953  Presents a future American.

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2  Ray Bradbury,  Genres include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery  Fahrenheit 451 published in 1953  Presents a future American society where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them.

3  Dystopia – a society where people lead dehumanized and fearful lives.  Opposite of utopia  Characteristics: › Poverty and totalitarian governments › Environmental disaster or cataclysmic decline › Oppression of justice and freedom › Often set in the future › Often analogies for real-world issues.

4  Dystopian fiction is often an analogy for real-world issues. › McCarthyism › Censorship › Book Burning

5  McCarthyism › Making unfair allegations in order to restrict dissent or political criticism.  McCarthy Era, › Heightened fears of communist influence & spies in America. › Thousands of Americans accused of being communists and became the subject of aggressive investigations. › Many lost their jobs and careers were destroyed. Some were imprisoned. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, an anti-communist

6  Censorship The practice of suppressing or deleting anything considered objectionable. › Clean versions of music › Internet censorship in China › Books banned, edited, and/or challenged

7  Book Burning Bradbury was horrified by the Nazi book burning campaigns of WWII. They burned books by Jewish authors or considered un-German

8  Connotation – the suggested meaning; implication  Symbol – a person, place, or thing that represents deeper meaning or an abstract concept

9  “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened, and changed.” (1)  “Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” (57)  “We never burned right…” (113)  Bonfire, with Granger (140)  “it was not the hysterical light of electricity but – what? But the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle.” (5)

10 › Books, p. 80 › Front Porch, p. 60 › Mechanical Hound, p › Phoenix, p. 23, 156

11 Ethos (Speaker) Logos (Message) Pathos (Audience) Medium (written text, speech, TV, film, art, internet, etc.) Rhetorical Situation (Context)


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