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  • 1. Welcome to Class
    Take your warm-up notebooks
    Don’t forget to grab the handouts
  • 2. Warm Up
    Please take 5 minutes to describe what the world would be like without books (this includes e-books).
    You should write for the entire time provided
  • 3. Intro to Ray Bradbury
    American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer.
    Best known for Fahrenheit 451
    Sets novel and many short stories in dystopian societies
    Dystopia: a society (usually under the rule of a controlling government), where everything “goes wrong”
    Usually disguised as a utopia, only worsening the situation
  • 4. “Bright Phoenix”
    Rich short story written in 1947
    Set in the future
    Book burning with the purpose to control
    Full of allusions
    Figure of speech that makes reference to a person, place or event, or another literary work/passage
    Ie: Kanye West’s “Through the Wire”
  • 5. Can you identify an allusion?
    If you could feel how my face felt you would know how Mace felt
    Thank God I ain'ttoo cool for the safe belt
    I swear to God drive two on the sue
    I got lawyer for the case to keep what’s in my safe; safe
    My dawgs couldn't tell if I
    I look like Tom Cruise on Vanilla Sky, it was televised
    All they heard was that I was in an accident like GEICO
    They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael
    I must gotta angel
    Cause look how death missed his a**
    Unbreakable, would you thought they called me Mr. Glass
    Look back on my life like the ghost of Christmas past
    Toys R Us where I used to spend that Christmas cash
  • 6. Fahrenheit 451
    “Bright Phoenix” was just the first building block of the final product.
    F451 was completed in 1953
    Cold war fears
    Bradbury argues that neither are truly about censorship, but about TV replacing books and the danger of such a society
    One that forgets to think for itself
    Remember: These were written in the late 40s and early 50s! No cellphones, internet (facebook, email, twitter, etc)
  • 7. Figurative Language
    Metaphor: direct comparison between unlike things
    Simile: comparison between unlike things using “like” or “as”
    Imagery: words and phrases that evoke any of the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch)
  • 8. Allusions in “Bright Phoenix”
    “Come live with me and be my love; and we will all the pleasure prove.”
    Opening lines of “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
    One of the most well-known love poems in the English language
    Many famous poets have written poems in response to this one. The first was Walter Raleigh’s “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd”
  • 9. “Call me Ishmael”
    Most famous/memorable opening lines in American literature (from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick)
    Ishmael is also a prominent religious figure in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity
    It also sounds like he is using an alias because he does not say “my name is”, he simply says to call him…
  • 10. “Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright… In the forests of the night”
    “The Tyger” by William Blake (from Songs of Experience)
    Idea that what creates beauty can also create “evil”
  • 11. “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”
    From “To Autumn” by John Keats
    Regarded as one of the most perfect short poems in the English language
    Poem is filled with imagery
    About enjoying nature while on a walk
    Message of the importance of artistic creation
  • 12. “The Allegory of the Cave”
    Story about controlling people by limiting their knowledge and playing on their fear
  • 13. “Four score… and seven years – ”
    “translates” to 87 years ago
    which at that time, made it 1776, AKA the American Revolution, in which the US, broke away from British rule to begin the process of becoming the United States of America
  • 14. The Gettysburg Address
    Most quoted speech in American history
    Addresses human equality (allusion to the Declaration of Independence)
    Idea of a “new birth of freedom” and the rise of a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” that “shall not perish from the earth”
  • 15. Edgar Allan Poe
    Famous author
    Known for his short stories and poems
    Generally dark, mysterious, and with several images/symbols of, and allusions to death
  • 16. Sigmund Freud
    Austrian neurologist (dealing with the brain)
    Founder of psychoanalysis (analyzing the psyche, AKA deeper thoughts, unconscious)
    Interpreted dreams
  • 17. Great Minds!
  • 18. Interesting Irony
    Jonathan Barnes, the Chief Censor, shares his name with two men: a philosopher and an author
    Both were too young to have embarked in their profession when Bradbury wrote “Bright Phoenix”