The Future is Now? Orwell’s  1984  and Bradbury’s  Fahrenheit 451
What rights do we take for granted? Which are most important for us? Complete think sheet to rank those rights important t...
What are the two novels? <ul><li>1984  by George Orwell </li></ul><ul><li>Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury </li></ul>
What are these novels all about? <ul><li>The future </li></ul><ul><li>Warnings about problems in our society </li></ul><ul...
Orwell’s  1984 <ul><li>Written in 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>Set in the future (1984) in London </li></ul><ul><li>The main cha...
Bradbury’s  Fahrenheit 451 <ul><li>Written in 1953 </li></ul><ul><li>Set in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Books are illegal...
??Essential questions?? <ul><li>What are the characteristics of a dystopian society? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the author ...
We will examine the novels from these four perspectives <ul><li>Threats to individual privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Dangers of...
Introductory reading task… <ul><li>Read the first few pages of each novel </li></ul><ul><li>In your notes, record somethin...
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The Future Is Now?

  1. 1. The Future is Now? Orwell’s 1984 and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
  2. 2. What rights do we take for granted? Which are most important for us? Complete think sheet to rank those rights important to us…
  3. 3. What are the two novels? <ul><li>1984 by George Orwell </li></ul><ul><li>Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are these novels all about? <ul><li>The future </li></ul><ul><li>Warnings about problems in our society </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns about the loss of individual freedoms in the face of oppressive governments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Orwell’s 1984 <ul><li>Written in 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>Set in the future (1984) in London </li></ul><ul><li>The main character’s job is to revise history by rewriting old news articles </li></ul><ul><li>There are telescreens everywhere that televise government propaganda and spy on the citizens </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 <ul><li>Written in 1953 </li></ul><ul><li>Set in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Books are illegal and a fireman’s job is to burn books </li></ul><ul><li>Homes have huge “televisions” in them that allow people to interact with the characters on the screen </li></ul>
  7. 7. ??Essential questions?? <ul><li>What are the characteristics of a dystopian society? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the author trying to warn us about? In what ways do these warnings still have relevance today? </li></ul><ul><li>What role does our human nature play in whether we are susceptible to government control or not? </li></ul>
  8. 8. We will examine the novels from these four perspectives <ul><li>Threats to individual privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Dangers of governmental power </li></ul><ul><li>Power of information, propaganda, and language distortion </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for mindless entertainment to stifle individual thinking </li></ul>
  9. 9. Introductory reading task… <ul><li>Read the first few pages of each novel </li></ul><ul><li>In your notes, record something you notice about each perspective from each novel </li></ul><ul><li>What are your initial thoughts about the novels? How do they catch your attention? What ideas seem to stand out? </li></ul>
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