On The Literary Life podcast today, our hosts wrap up their series on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Angelina, Cindy and Thomas open the discussion with some commentary on the wickedness in the heart of every human and the cost of courage to stand against the crowd. They examine Beatty’s character and why he might have wanted to die. Angelina brings up the way in which Montag’s courage convicts Faber of his own cowardice. They also talk about the detrimental effects of pleasure-seeking being the driving goal of people’s existence. Other topics of discussion include the images of death and rebirth, the importance of remembrance, and having humility instead of hubris.
Cindy is hosting a new summer discipleship course for moms this year, so head over to morningtimeformoms.com for more info and to sign up! Thomas and Angelina also have some great summer classes coming up, and you can check those out at houseofhumaneletters.com.
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There is no such thing as low brows, only low hearts.C. S. Lewis
More unsolicited advice: if you really want a well-read, well-educated child, you will stop dropping books or subjects just because he doesn’t think he likes them. Education is the development of taste, not the reinforcement of a child’s lack of it.Brandy Vencel
People ask me to predict the future when all I want to do is prevent it.Ray Bradbury
from “Four Quartets”
by T. S. Elliot
The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one discharge from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.
Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.
Selected Literary Essays by C. S. Lewis
An Experiment in Criticism by C. S. Lewis
1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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