Theme Connection Project

By Ashleigh Pacewicz and Hannah Howell

We connected the short story  Harrison Bergeron, the song "Not Afraid" by Eminem, and an article titles "I Am Malala" to Fahrenheit 451.

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Current Event Connection

        In the article “I Am Malala”, a girl named Malala Yousafzai stands up for women’s education in Pakistan and gets shot multiple times by Taliban forces. Much like the article, the short story “Harrison Bergeron” also illustrates standing up against society when Harrison rebels against the corrupted government and quickly gets shot down by government forces. In both stories, inferior people realize the ways of society need to change, so they confront the problems that are presented, yet in both cases it ends with a negative impact towards the people who make a stand. Also, the current event connects to the song “Not Afraid” by Eminem, in the fact that in both events they had to endure hardships in order to receive a positive outcome. In all three cases, fear is overcome as they take a stand against the superior society.

Fahrenheit 451 Connection

         In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the theme of confrontation to the social norm is also illustrated in Harrison Bergeron, “I Am Malala” and the song “Not Afraid”. This theme is present in Fahrenheit 451 when Guy Montag takes a book from the attic of an old woman’s house the firemen were burning. After this incident, Montag realizes “there must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house” (Bradbury 48). This act of bravery shows his will to stand up against the modern, yet corrupt, ways of society. Even after being told, “You’re running a risk”, Montag still continues to rebel because he knows it’d be best to go back to the society that used to exist (Bradbury 81). This theme connects to Harrison Bergeron, “I Am Malala”, and “Not Afraid” because they all have the common storyline of someone taking a stand to change the wrongness that is present in their society.

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