Fahrenheit 451 Allusions Poster
In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury alludes (makes allusions to) many different writers and thinkers. In describing the travelers on pages 151-153, he specifically mentions a variety of writers whose works are memorized by the travelers. Because advanced readers understand that authors choose allusions for specific purposes, as a class we will study several of these writers. We could not possibly go through this entire list and research each one, so you will break into groups and research a writer of your choice.
Your poster will have…
A biography that includes:
The writer’s date of birth and death
Where the writer primarily lived
A list of the writer’s major writings and/or accomplishments
An image of the writer
At least two significant quotes from the author – make sure your quotes are really from your person…investigate the origins of your chosen quotes! When in question, I will use Quote Investigator to check them out.
Most importantly, an explanation of why the author would be included in novel. You will answer the question: Why did Ray Bradbury choose to allude to this author in Fahrenheit 451?
MLA citations of research (at least three information sources) & images
Each of these elements should be incorporated into your poster in an interesting way. The poster should be visually interesting and reflective of the writer you chose and the reason Bradbury included him.
Of course, you may very well have to share your poster with the class after the project is finished. Have fun!
LIST of People and Resources
Gandhi Thomas Jefferson
Use these databases found in INFOhio
- Biography Reference Bank
- The World Book Advanced
Please choose one person from the list below. Each group will choose a different person. These people are all mentioned in the section near the end of the book where Montag meets the men by the river. (numbers refer to the page numbers in Fahrenheit 451 in which these names are mentioned):
José Ortega y Gasset (143) – Spanish philosopher
Marcus Aurelius (144) – Roman emperor and philosopher
Jonathon Swift (144) – Writer; political pamphleteer
Arthur Schopenhauer (145) – German philosopher
Albert Einstein (145) – German-born physicist
Albert Schweitzer (145) - Theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician
Aristophanes (145) – Ancient Greek dramatist
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (145) - major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement
Confucius (145) – Chinese philosopher and teacher
Thomas Love Peacock (145) – English author
Thomas Jefferson (145) - Third President of the United States; founding father
Abraham Lincoln (145) - Sixteenth President of the United States
Lord Byron (145) – English poet
Thomas Paine (145) - English pamphleteer; revolutionary
Machiavelli (145) - Italian diplomat; political philosopher; musician, poet, and playwright
Henry David Thoreau (146) - American author; naturalist; philosopher
Bertrand Russell (146) - British philosopher; writer; historian; logician, mathematician