Monday, October 22, 2007

Bye, Bye Beatty!

Describe Beatty’s death. Make an argument that Beatty’s death was a suicide rather than a murder. DId he provoke Montag? Did he want to die? Explore this idea...

Reality TV

Consider the recent popularity of “reality TV shows.” Describe a few reality shows that you have either watched or heard about. Why do you think modern audiences are so fascinated by these shows? To what extent are they “real”? To what extent are they fictionalized? Describe how the media in Fahrenheit 451 fictionalizes the ending of Montag’s chase (pg. 148). Why doesn’t the news tell the truth? Do you think our news is ever fictionalized?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

To Ban or Not To Ban???

Please give thoughtful consideration to one of the following questions posted here.

Is it okay to have books on making bombs in the school library?
Will banning books keep people from reading them?
Television shows are censored, so are song lyrics—what makes books different?