Statement of Intent: Independent Study Project: Fahrenheit 451
My tentative topic for this ISP will be Ray Bradbury’s use delusion of truth, the desire of ignorance and the fear of freeing oneself from propaganda to express society’s desire for perfect happiness- no matter the cost- in Fahrenheit 451. In this dystopian novel, Bradbury uses Clarisse and her odd family to foreshadow some of Guy Montag’s doubt in himself, his family and his daily life. Clarisse’s role in the novel is made clearer as Montag begins searching for the truth as she is seen as a guiding light to give Guy hope for a better future where he is happy. Given the government dictated culture they live in, the danger and fear of finding the knowledge that Montag is paid to destroy, there is no doubt that Bradbury is using the dystopian society’s unconscious desire to live a lie, ...view middle of the document...
I will also have to work on the ability to pull in points surrounding critiques and symbols of the novel and how they affect the main points and properly formulated thesis.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. [Book Club ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print.
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"Fahrenheit 451." Novels for Students. Ed. Diane Telgen. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 138-157. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 July 2015
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Itzkoff, Dave. "‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Read by Tim Robbins." The New York Times 21 Nov. 2014, Sunday Book Review sec. Web. 6 July 2015. <http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/books/review/fahrenheit-451-read-by-tim-robbins.html?_r=0>.