hearth- the floor of a fireplace
salamander- a mythical being, esp. a lizard or other reptile, thought to be able to live in fire
Answer the following questions on Symbols based on what you already know and the definitions above.
1. Part One of the book is called “The Hearth and the Salamander.” The “Salamander” is also the name of the fire truck, and Montag wears the symbol of a salamander on his uniform. What do you think could be the symbolism behind the title of Part One?
2. Guy also wears the symbol of a Phoenix on his uniform—the Phoenix was a bird that burned itself, then was reborn from the ashes. What could the Phoenix symbolize in this book.
3. What do you think the Mechanical Hound could symbolize? Remember that it is programmed to attack whatever a person wants it to attack!
Use the packet given to you in class, develop questions on your topic and write them down on the fourth page of the book. Remember what we covered in class.Problem topics:
1. Are too general - like racism, prejudice
2. Can not be argued (too obvious) -
like "To Kill a Mockingbird deals with racism". We know this already. But what about -"Harper Lee uses To Kill a Mockingbird as a call to action, addressing, racism in the American judicial system."
3. Compare but makes no claim-
"Steinbeck and Lee both address the lack of presence women have in American society." This topic compares but does not argue anything. I would suggest something along the lines of "Steinbeck perpetuates female subjugation while Lee's book seeks to break the confines of femininity." This is not a finely honed thesis, but it is a good starting point for research.
1. Is your topic obvious? (Racism in to Kill A Mockingbird?)
2.What does the author want to show, or teach the reader?
3. What personal motivations might the author have?
Below are the pictures of the notes we took in class.
HW: 5 probing questions about your topic.
Extra Credit- Use the mindmap template or complete your mindmap on your research topic. Extra Credit is due Monday.