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Ray Bradbury and

Fahrenheit 451. Inspiration and ideas behind the book . The Life of Bradbury. Born August 22, 1920 in Illinois. As a young boy, he wrote short stories on butcher paper. Graduated from a LA high school in 1938.

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Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451

Inspiration and ideas behind the book

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The Life of Bradbury

Born August 22, 1920 in Illinois

As a young boy, he wrote short stories on butcher paper

Graduated from a LA high school in 1938

Sold newspapers on street corners until 1942

S

pent his nights reading in the library and would write between news printings

After completing his first story in 1942, he pursued writing full-time

Met his wife in a bookstore where she worked, married in 1947

Secured his reputation as a writer in 1950 with the publication of

The Martian Chronicles

Published

Fahrenheit 451

in 1953

Began to worked in the film and radio industry, though he still wrote and published numerous plays, poems, and essays

Developed his own TV series,

Ray Bradbury Series

, which ran from 1986-1992

Died June 5, 2012 in LA

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Bradbury Interview

We are going to watch about 4 minutes of an interview with Ray Bradbury. As we watch, listen for his inspirations behind

Fahrenheit 451

http://

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL_y6gtxLvQ

Watch from 2:33 – 7:03

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McCarthyism

Period

of time in the early 1950's when Senator Joseph McCarthy attempted to expose suspected

Communists

Blacklists

McCarthy

warned that there were communist traitors in American government and society that were threatening to destroy the United States

.

Being named as a Communist = Blacklisted

Often those who did not conform to McCarthy’s ideals (Actors, Writers, Politicians, etc.)

Created

a mass culture of

complacency and conformity

Bradbury and the Policeman

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Book Burnings

WWII Germany (Hitler)

Wanted to bring German arts and culture in line with Nazi ideals

May

10,

1933: University

students burned

appr. 25,000

volumes of “un-German”

books, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture.

Soviet Union (Stalin)

The communists burned

“objectionable” books, authors were often exiled or imprisoned

As part of

efforts

to stamp out Jewish culture in the Soviet

Union, Stalin burned the

Judaica

collection in the library of

Birobidzhan

USA, 1950s: Librarians

were often charged with being communists if they bought certain books or allowed certain books to be checked out, some allowed some of their books to be burned in order to prove they weren't communists.

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Technology (Television)

Mid-1930’s:

Limited number

of TV-sets in the hands of the

public

WWII:

Production of television sets stopped, nearly

all television broadcasting

worldwide

Post WWII: Families had accumulated savings during the war

years & wanted to

purchase

luxuries

denied them during the war.

TV sales skyrocketed from 1948-1949

.

1950’s: 1950 was the year that television became a truly mass-culture phenomenon in the United States,

color

television and remote controls

launched

Bradbury on television

“Today's audience knows more about what's on television than what's in life

.”

“I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.”

“The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little

.”

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Your Thoughts on Television

We all know that television is quite popular in today’s societyWeigh the pros and cons…

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