DP posted some comprehension type questions on the blog, which I am required to answer. I haven't looked at the questions yet, so let's see how I perform. Here are the questions:
1.The novel Fahrenheit 451 begins: “It was a pleasure to burn.” Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them?
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?
3. Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives.
4. Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.” The “wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the novel, does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? Why or why not?
5. Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s ove…
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Before I walked into class on Tuesday, I had no clue who Jimmy Santiago Baca was, let alone any of his poems. Poetry and I don't get along and I actually dislike it with a burning passion. "Immigrants in our own Land", however, is REAL. It's one of the few poems that I actually like. It's not all... ya know... flowers and sunshine and all that bullshit. It describes life exactly as it is and Jimmy Santiago Baca does not try to make the overall message of the story sound 'nice'; he tells it as it is, from the eyes of an immigrant.
The first stanza talks about immigrants actually coming into America. Baca talks about how many immigrants didn't get to finish high school, but are able to use common sense (which to me, is just as valuable). They are expected to fit in with society. All immigrants have one…
If there's one thing I won't forget from this book, it's the paragraph in which Bradbury described the sound of the bomber jets flying over Montag's house and how quiet it made Montag's whisper seem. Throughout the book, Bradbury effectively uses syntax and figures of speech to show the differences between Montag's inner world and the world around him. We see the differences between the chaos that occurs in the outside world and Montag's calmer inner world.
The best example from the book that shows the differences between Montag's inner world and outer work through syntax is the paragraph where Montag finds Mildred overdosed. At this point of the book, everyone was preparing to go into war; we know this because we get introduced to bomber jets in the beginning of the book. In this paragraph, Bradbury brilliantly uses juxtaposition; he describes the chaos of the outer world first and ends the paragraph…