For this assignment, you will build a Visual Map of the many symbols and images used to convey meaning in Bradbury's novel. The purpose is to link together the language used by Bradbury in order to create a web of meaning regarding the conflict in the novel between the misuse of technology and the inherent power contained within books.
As you read the first section of the novel (pp. 1- 65: "The Hearth and the Salamander"), you will directly quote every significant instance you notice of symbolism and imagery. In order to help you understand the importance of this assignment, we will complete the first 18 pages of the novel together. You will then complete this assignment individually as homework over the next week, and we will share the results together as a class in order to create our own class map of the symbols in the novel!
To help guide you, focus on the following five areas of imagery that Bradbury employs: 1. Colors and Shades (especially black and white / dark and light) 2. Elements (especially fire and water - don't forget rain and snow as "water"!) 3. The Five Senses (sight, smell, taste, sound, touch) 4. Machines and Technology (how are they described? How are we supposed to feel about them?) 5. The Social Network (how do people as a society interact in the novel? What causes them to act that way?)
You will be required to find at least five examples from the novel for each area for a total of twenty-five. Please remember to "directly quote" the passage and provide a page number from our text. You will receive two points for each citation: that's correct - 50 points total for this reading assignment!
The following is the Rubric for scoring your grades for this assignment: