CAVEs and The Cave
Kind of Activity:
Reading and discussion
To situate Bradbury in relationship with Plato and modern technologies
In the "Allegory of the Cave," Plato writes of men who stare at shadows on the wall, unaware that the shadows are barely representative of the real world - they are trying to imagine a boot when all they can see is a footprint.
Have your students read the Allegory. The connection between Plato and Fahrenheit 451 is not obvious but evocative, so begin by opening the floor - how do the students think these works relate to one another? In what way is Bradbury in dialog with Plato? How does...
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