Book Title: Walden Two
Author: B.F. Skinner
A. Time: mid 1940's (after the end of WWII)
B. Place: Walden Two, R.D. I, Canton
C. Detailed description of the opening scene:
Rogers and Steve just returning from war, and looking for a new
beginning read an article on a man named Frazier who was planning to
begin an experimental utopian society. They immediately become intrigued
by the idea. Their interest brought them to the office of Professor Burris,
one their former teachers to ask if he knew anything about Frazier, or about
the new society Frazier is trying to build. Burris remembers Frazier as a
classmate at his graduate school; he recalls his extremist ideas and his
dislike for the institution. He also recalls discussions the two had shared
about this "Utopian society." Reluctantly Burris agrees to contact Frazier,
and sends him a letter. Immediately and enthusiastically he replies inviting
Burris' and his friends to visit the new community he has developed. Burris
meets with the two men to inform them of the invitation, and agrees to take
time off, to accompany Rogers and Steve on a visit to "Walden Two,"
Frazier's community. Rodger's girlfriend Barbara, Steve's girlfriend Mary,
and Burris's colleague Castle also accompany them on the visit.
II. THEME: a one-sentence statement of the theme of your novel
Walden Two was Skinner's attempt to portray what would occur if
behaviorism were used to curve our society, he depicted a solution to the
problems of modern life that involved a new beginning, an flee from our
current society, and a dismissal of our political and economic solutions.
III. CHARACTERS: Write a one or two sentence description of each major character.
A. Main Character:
Professor Burris is a professor of psychology, the central character of
the novel, and the man through whose eyes we view the many aspects of
Walden Two. He is very intelligent, and initially...
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