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Ray Bradbury: "All I Want to Do is Prevent the Future"/ Speech freedom vs. repressions

  • 1.  Ray Bradbury: "All I Want to Do is Prevent the Future"/ Speech freedom vs. repressions

    Posted 22-08-2021 10:48 AM
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    Dear colleagues,


    Ray Bradbury, born on August 22, 1920, was not only self-educated thinker and prolific writer who influenced generations of young readers. His books as a source of thought-provoking and thus motivating materials for LLs, whether we work with authentic texts, or adapted readers, have always been, and will be most popular all over the world.


    However, in spite of all those technological and scientific breakthroughs Bradbury described long before they came into being, he didn't agree with those who thought that he predicted the future- as he would say himself: "All I want to do is prevent it."


    Characteristically, when asked how his Fahrenheit 451 stood up, decades after it had been written, Bradbury replied that it worked even better than then. What he meant was certain tendencies in society's development, cultivated in recent years, which deeply troubled him: speech freedom control, its forms, and possible outcomes.


    I've come across what Daphne Patai, professor emeritus in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, wrote about this message of Bradbury's most famous book (fragments attached).


    You might find her analysis interesting to discuss as well, particularly if you have worked with this book in your classrooms.



    Best regards,



    Lala Sadykhova, PhD

    Moscow, Russia

    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation


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