Mrs. French's English Class
WRITING TASK: Montag and the Cave
Requirements: Word doc, 1" margins, Size 12, Tahoma font, proper heading, 3-4
parargraphs, use proper conventions of English - check your spelling!
TASK: Compare Montag’s journey to two or more of the stages of the cave journey. Describe Montag’s character, his ordeal, his motivations, his beliefs, the hostility he encounters, etc. Make direct references to the text. (In the scene where… or Bradbury reveals this in the scene... or Montag exemplifies this...)
Extra Guidance: Think about the man who “escaped” his “cave” and learned new things. He had a message to share with the people still trapped in the cave and felt it was his duty to make them see what he now sees. Now ask…what was Montag's journey? How does it compare to the man’s journey who escaped the cave.
***Look at the steps of the allegory again to remind yourself of the sequence of events. Click Here
In the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character, Guy Montag suffers as a result of his desire and quest for knowledge. Montag's journey can be compared to Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the one man who escaped imprisonment in search of knowledge. Montag suffered the same reaction and treatment in his quest for a better life.
Very basic example:
Guy Montag was considered a criminal because he refused to be “chained” by the society who put him in the “cave.” He “escaped” imprisonment just like the man in the cave.
"Allegory of the Cave"
Writing Task Homework:
Compare Harrison’s journey to two or more of the stages of the cave journey. Describe Harrison’s character, his ordeal, his motivations, his beliefs, the hostility he encounters, etc. Make direct references to the film. (In the scene where…) This will be between 2-4 paragraphs. Type it if you wish (double space) or write neatly, use proper conventions of English, check your spelling!
Extra Guidance: Think about the man who “escaped” his “cave” and learned new things. He had a message to share with the people still trapped in the cave and felt it was his duty to make them see what he now sees. Now ask…what was Harrison’s journey? How does it compare to the man’s journey who escaped the cave.
Very basic example:
Harrison was called an anarchist because he refused to be “chained” by the society who put him in the “cave.” He “escaped” imprisonment just like the man in the cave.
Now think of 2-4 examples of your own.
WARNING!!! You are responsible for SAVING and PRINTING your work. If you need me to print for you, email it to me or attach it via REMIND.
PreReading Webquest: FAHRENHEIT 451
Directions: Copy & Paste The 12 Questions to a Word doc.
Remember to select the paste option for "keep text only"
(it's the one all the way on the right)
Be thorough in your responses...I mean...what if an open note quiz should, I dunno... "pop" up?
1. What is Censorship? Is censorship ever a good thing in society? SHould EVERYTHING be 100% uncensored?
2. What is McCarthyism?
3. What caused the people of Salem to make such accusations in the time period leading up to the Salem Witch trials?
4. Who are Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley? Explain what happened to them and WHY it happened.
5. Why did the Nazis burn books? What did they hope to achieve?
6. A Salamander is an amphibian that looks like a cross between a frog and a lizard. What does the legend say about the salamander and it's abilities?
7. What is a Dystopian Society? What is a Dystopian Protagonist?
9. What is Joseph Campbell's Hero's (NOT heroine's) Journey? List the 12 stages.
10. What is Plato's Allegory of the Cave? (SEE LINKS BELOW) *NEW* Why do the prisoners react so oddly when their fellow prisoner tries to free them? How do they react when he tries to tell them about what he saw outside? WHY are they so HOSTILE?
11. What was life like in the US during the 1950's ? What was the atmosphere and mood like in society? What was the typical family dynamic? In other words, what was a typical day like for the 1950's family?
12. What is SATIRE? What purpose does it serve?
LINKS FOR YOU!
Links For the Hero's Journey
Outline with an explanation of each stage Click Here
A few heroes you may know (fun visual) Click Here
Disney Films? Heroes Journey? Really? Click Here
More... Click Here
Luke Skywalker and the 12 stages of the heroic journey.
66 Movie & Film Titles (scroll down a bit...you'll see them) Click Here
Links for Summary and illustration of the Allegory of the Cave
Breakdown of Symbols (this will help clarify) Click Here
Super Organized Summary :o) Click Here
Who doesn't love a bullet list! Click Here
A good slideshow, but you need to read each caption. Click Here
Animated (very clever) Youtube video. Click Here
Animated #2 (claymation) Youtube video. Click Here
(Video clip) The Matrix: "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
Imagine you were one of the prisoners in "the cave" and never attempted to change your situation because you didn't know that "change" was an option?
Do you think it possible that a 30 year old man, in the 1950's
could accurately predict the development of dozens of
popular devices and technological advancements of today?
As we read, you will need to look for Easter Eggs...you know...like in Just Cause 3, Call of Duty, GTA,...and oh yes, classic literature. Every author, at some point, alludes to real people, places, and events. But few plant Easter eggs as a means to peek into the future and look into the past like Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury predicted certain things about technology, society, "big brother", and people in general. He worried about where we would wind up as a society if the "idiot box" took over our lives and drove a wedge between our personal relationships.
Easter Eggs come in all shapes and sizes: allusion, metaphor, meaningful literary names, biblical and mythological references, and much more.
In addition to making basic plot summary observations, we will be logging the ideas and themes that lie below the surface. These are the things (Easter eggs) you will need to search for in each section of the novel.
PLEASE NOTE: All Readings and assignments will be listed here. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to look here for what you have missed. On reading days, we will read for 20-30 minutes, so when in doubt ...do the same.
Day 1 Reading: Part 1: The Hearth and the Salamander
Thought to Ponder: WHO is Guy Montag...really...?
Monday ; "As We Read" discussion (see above)
Read pages 3-14 & stop at "They had this machine."
Day 2 Reading: Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander
Thought to Ponder: What could a 17 year old girl teach a grown, married, man with a career as a fireman?
Tuesday : Read pages 14-24 (min. goal)
Day 3 Reading: Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander
Thought to Ponder: What is the deal with Mildred? Why doesn't she want more than ear buds, sleeping pills, and TV?!
Wednesday : Read to page 30