Journal 1: In the article “The Fifties” it stated, “The era following World War II in the United States was known for its productivity, its affluence, and its social conformity.” Do you think much has changed since then, or is our culture still known for these things?
Journal 2: In the pages we read last night, it says “ ‘There is dew on the grass in the morning.’ He suddenly couldn’t remember if he knew this or not…”
In F451, technology and entertainment rule all. Because of this, people often miss “the small thing.” Do you feel like people today miss “the small things as well?” if you don’t, what are some of the small things you’ve noticed lately?
Journal 3: Bradbury opens the novel with a quote from Juan Ramón Jiménez: “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” Why did Bradbury select this statement, and what does it mean?
Journal 4: Montag has an incredibly contentious relationship with “The Mechanical Hound.” When he enters the firehouse, he seems almost scared of the hound. Why does Bradbury include this scene? What do you think these scene is foreshadowing or symbolic of?
Journal 5: You are about to take a quiz on the first 40 pages of F451. Write a 1 paragraph summary of the book thus far. Be concise and think of important details around events in the book and Montag’s VLAMIF character analysis.
Journal 6: In the scene you just finished reading, an old woman decided to burn herself alive with her books instead of going with firemen. Why do you think that she chose to do that? Remember, you answer should be a minimum of 1 paragraph (that is the bare min. and the bare min. gets you a C).
Journal 7: In the scene you just finished reading, Beatty explained to Montag how the world came to be in the state it is in where no one reads or discusses anything of substance. With technology, we are quickly becoming the mass society that Beatty describes in real life. How to we ensure that in our society we hear people’s concerns, but do not fall into the “ultra PC” society that Beatty describes in which we oversimplify things to the point where people no longer care? Remember, you answer should be a minimum of 1 paragraph (that is the bare min. and the bare min. gets you a C).
Journal 8: “He pressed at the pain in his eyes and suddenly the odor of kerosene made him vomit.” (49)
This particular line in the book signals a big change in Montag. What do you think that change is? Why does this change happen at this point in the book? Cite evidence from the book and provide at least one quote (which does not count towards the 1 paragraph minimum length of your writing).
Journal 9: Write about one or the other:
What do you find most interesting about the book so far and why?
Why do you not like the book.
Either way, provide evidence from the book as to why you think the way you do.
Journal 10: What does Beatty’s speech about Clarisse reveal about him—why does he speak about her so passionately?
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