Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pleasantville Discussion

In our class dicsussion we are trying to compare the ideas in the film Pleasantville to those in the book Fahrenheit 451. If you didn't get to express your ideas in class, add a comment here. Remember that the expectation is that you will contribute at least two comments (either in class discussion or on the blog) while we are watching the film.

10 comments:

Chris T said...

I think that pleasantville relates to Farenheit 451 because the societies are kind of the same in both. In both places if someone does something bad everyone else is mad and doesn't like what they did. Also the people all try to as perfect as they can

Marcus P said...

In both pleasntvill and fahrenheit 451, the government or the town seemed to attempt to make a eutopia. For example in the book Fahrenheit 451 the students at school were always playing games and never seemed to have to do any work, in pleasntville nothing seemed to ever go wrong, the basketball team never lost or missed a shot. Also, Mildred, in the book Fahrenheit 451, seemed to try to dodge all things that were not happy and and pretend it didn't matter. in pleasntville everyone always went through the same routine and it never changed.

Emma R said...

The interesting similarity between Fahrenheit 451 and Pleasantville is that both societies are products of censorship. The most interesting contrast between the two societies is the results of the ignorance higher powers place the people under. This shows that, in a sense, censorship is necessary to keep the moralities of civilization and society. However, keeping people in ignorance is not necessarily a good thing because it is human nature to be curious. This has always been apparent through out history and mythology from the fall of man to the new discoveries science is finding. I believe, that to a point, censorship should be exercised especially for the young and impressionable children who will be the citizens of the future.

Josh T said...

Why did the tree light on fire?

Morgan M said...

Well obviously their changing Pleasantville. In the last part we saw the books started to have actual words and when the fire occurred the fireman didn't know how to put it out. They are discovery things and their pleasant town seems to change more everyday. This relates to Montag because at first Montag was uneasy about books, but he couldn't help himself. The people of Pleasantville can't help themselves by wondering what’s out of Pleasantville, or why everything is changing. It also seems like the teenagers are adapting to the change better than the adults.

Amber M. said...

I think its so weird how only some of the people in Pleasantville are changing color, and the people who are still black and white are getting very angry of all the changes. In F-451 the firemen get very angry knowing that Montag and a stash of books.

brett V said...

In pleasantville it's kind of the same society as F451 because if someone is late of somethings out of order then people start to get worried. In f451 if someone reads a book or even thinks about reading a book they get into trouble.

Morgan M said...

I agree with what Amber was trying to say that there are two separate groups in both the movie and the book. In the book, it was firefighter vs. montag and in the movie; it is the colored vs. the whites. In both they are scared of change but eventually overcome it. I just thought it was a good similarity between the movie and the book.

Christina E. said...

I didn't know where to put the vocab word so here it goes:
DEMONATA
From:The Demon Thief
By:Darren Shan
Meaning:The world of the demons

Lacey C said...

I think that pleasantville and Farenheit 451 are very similar in that people don't really know what true happieness is. In Farenheit 451 the government takes away books because it will upset some people, and if you have them then you are shamed and your house is burnt down with all the books. And in pleasantville when the colors start to show, the govenment bands the certain colors and then books start having words in them so they burn the books so that no one would get offened. So they are very similar because they want to please everyone and in reality they can't.