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Dialectical Journals: Fahrenheit 451

Dialectical Journal for up to p. 48 of Fahrenheit 451

The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a was as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. Her head was half bent to watch her shoes stir the circling leaves. Her face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity. It was a look, almost, of pale surprise; the dark eyes were so fixed to the world that no move escaped them. Her dress was white and whispered. He almost thought he heard the motion of her hands as she walked, and the infinitely small sound now, the white stir of her face turning when she discovered she was a moment away from a man who stood in the middle of the pavement waiting. (p. 5)

 

When writing about this passage, look at the diction, images, and figurative language Bradbury includes about Clarisse. What do these things reveal about her character? What do these things reveal about the impact she has on Montag? Use textual evidence to support your answer.

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Dialectical Journal for pp. 48-68  of Fahrenheit 451

Do a 3 dialectical journals just as the sample below. Do two for Montag and one for Beatty.

 

Character Analysis Example: from “The Most Dangerous Game” (a story about a man who hunts humans)

 

Character: General Zaroff

Evidence                                                       Inference/commentary

“The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure…I hunt the scum of the earth.” (26)

It is obvious that Zaroff feels superior; he feels he is better than the people he hunts. Because he is strong he feels like he has the right to do whatever he wants. He is arrogant, judgmental, and egotistical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dialectical Journal entry for pp. 71 - 93

 

Starting on p. 79 with

“Shut up, shut up, shut up!”

 

and ending on p. 79 with

“shaft in the earth.”

 

Things to help you understand:

den·ti·frice   (d n t -fr s )
n.

A substance, such as a paste or powder, for cleaning the teeth.

 

 

From the new testament on the Bible:

Luke 12:27

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arranged like one of these.”

  • What is going on in this passage?
  •  Look carefully at the diction and personification in the passage. What effect do they have on the reader? How do they help you understand Montag’s situation?
  • Use textual evidence from the passage to support your answer.

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Dialectical Journal entry for 93-110

Starting on p. 95 with

“Montag said nothing but stood looking…”

 

and ending on p. 96 with

“…hiss and explode.”

 

Hints:

Analyze…

·  The diction in the passage

·  The religious metaphor and its effect

·  The imagery associated with the women as Montag looks at them sitting in their chairs

·  The simile about the parlor walls

 

This format wil be helpful in writing about this passage:

 

Bradbury uses a metaphor comparing a _______  to a ________ in order to show     _______.

 

He uses _____ diction (or imagery) in order to show ________.

 

Use textual evidence from the passage to support your answer.

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Dialectical Journal entry for pp. 113-139

Starting on p. 116 with

“A great nuzzling gout of fire…”

 

and ending on p. 117 with

“…the house began to shudder with flame.”

 

Hints:

Analyze…

·  The personification of the fire (there are a few examples)

·  The diction (especially words that describe Montag’s actions. Think about what they reveal.)

·  The simile about the books

·  The metaphors describing the parlor walls

 

This format wil be helpful in writing about this passage:

 

Bradbury uses a metaphor comparing a _______  to a ________ in order to show     _______.

 

He uses _____ diction (or imagery) in order to show ________.

 

Use textual evidence from the passage to support your answer.

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Dialectical Journal entry for pp. 139-165

Starting on p. 140 with

“He saw the moon low in the sky now…”

 

and ending on p. 141 with

“…must open shop very soon.”

 

·  Look back at your summary for the Allegory of the Cave. How is this passage similar? Cite specific examples from both to prove your point.

·  What is the meaning of Montag’s revelation about the sun? How does it reflect the growth he has experienced from the beginning of the book?

 

Click here for Allegory of the Cave summary