What Makes Us Happy? Analyzing Faber's Theories through Illustrations

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SWBAT determine a theme and analyze in detail its development over the course of a text by illustrating Faber's message about happiness.

Big Idea

Who understands happiness better: Beatty or Faber?

Getting Started

10 minutes

At the beginning of class, we will briefly review the homework, which was to read The Lilies of the Field and connect it to Fahrenheit 451. I will ask, Why did Bradbury choose this passage as the allusion Montag read while he rode the subway (RL.9-10.4)? What does it show about him and the situation? (SL.9-10.1a)


Understanding the allusions in this text is the key to truly understanding the text. While we won't analyze all of them (there are many!), we will spend time with some because they show us the depths of this novel.

Reading and Illustrating

45 minutes

pages 80-88

It is critical that students understand this section, since it underlines the basic message of the text, but it is also a difficult section. Therefore, we will read it together and illustrate as we go.


In this section, Montag finds Faber, who explains the three things a society needs in order for people to be happy: quality information, leisure to digest it, and freedom to act upon our thoughts. We will read about each element, then pause to illustrate. Students can illustrate however they see fit, but they must include one quote to support their drawing (RL.9-10.1). I will provide each student with a piece of printer paper, which they will fold into fourths. The first three boxes are for Faber's words; the last is for theirs, which will be completed for homework. Ultimately, our work will help us understand Faber's basic message about happiness, which is in direct opposition to Beatty's (RL.9-10.2).


Take a look at their work.

Wrapping Up

5 minutes

For homework, students will reflect upon everything we discussed today. In the last box on their paper, they will write a paragraph connecting Faber's words to our society (W.9-10.10). Where do they see overlap? Is Faber right about happiness?


These questions are especially important because Faber's explanation of happiness is very different from Beatty's, something we have already discussed.