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Archer Book Club: February 2023

Welcome to the Archer Book Club, or the ABC!

Selection Of The Month

Discussion Points

Adapted from discussion questions from ReadingGroupGuides by Alice Jones-Miller, an editor and writer living in Westchester County, New York.

  • Why would society make "being a pedestrian" a crime? (Clarisse tells Montag that her uncle was once arrested for this.)
  • Why do you think the firemen's rulebook credited Benjamin Franklin-- writer, publisher, political leader, inventor, ambassador--as being the first fireman?
  • Montag turns to books to rescue him; instead they help demolish his life -- he loses his wife, job and home; he kills a man and is forced to be a nomad. Does he gain any benefits from books? If so, what are they?
  • Since the government is so opposed to readers, thinkers, walkers, and slow drivers, why does it allow the procession of men along the railroad tracks to exist.
  • What does Granger mean when he says, "We're going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long time to look at them?" Why would "mirrors" be important in this new society? (Note: In Part 1, Clarisse is said to be "like a mirror.")
  • Although Ray Bradbury's work is often referred to as science fiction, Fahrenheit has plenty to say about the world as it is, and not as it could be. As you review the book, list examples of the themes mentioned below, as well as others you notice. Discuss how you feel about the stands the author or characters take in Fahrenheit.
    • conformity vs. individuality
    • freedom of speech and the consequences of losing it
    • the importance of remembering and understanding history
    • machines as helpers to humans, machines as hindrances or enemies

Zoom Meeting Information

Zoom information will be provided closer to the planned meeting: 12:00pm-1:00pm, February 15, 2023.

Further Reading And Materials