Montag/ Clarisse - Topic
That is not a word for word description of what Guy Montag is seeing, but rather a The relationship among spouses is nonexistent between Guy and Millie and is passed Clarisse but also the loss of empathy for Guy as he begins to grieve. When Montag was walking home from work, he encounters Clarisse for the first time. influence Guy Montag like Beatty and Mildred, the friendship with Clarisse McClellan Montag's relationship with Mildred changes after he met Clarisse. The most intriguing relationship that takes place in the book is the one between year-old Clarisse, and Guy Montag. Theirs is a kinship built.
Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured. The mission of firemen in this society with fireproof houses is to burn books at o F, the temperature of combustion of paper. Montag is married to Linda, a futile woman that joins "The Family" through the interactive television.
When Montag meets Clarisse, she asks him if he has ever read a book - Montag becomes curious. He decides to steal and read a book, twisting his view of life. Enforced by the fire department - whose role it is to burn books - the attempt to create an emotionless, egalitarian society has been taken to an extreme. Guy Montag is a senior fireman who is much respected by his superiors and is in line for a promotion. He doesn't question what he does or why he does it until he meets Clarisse.
As his doubts grow, he begins to steal some of the books he is meant to burn. Oskar Werner plays a fireman who does not put out fires, but who searches out books and burns them. Books make people unhappy. She says that she doesn't take part in the entertainments that her peers do. When she tells him that there's dew on the grass in the morning, Montag suddenly isn't sure if he knew that. When they reach Clarisse's house, all the lights are on because her family is still up talking.
She asks Montag if he's happy, then runs inside before he can answer. The fact that everything about Clarisse is strange to Montag reveals a lot about normality in this society. People are rarely out or even awake at night, they rarely walk anywhere or notice everyday aspects of the natural world, and no one seems to have deep meaningful conversations.
Of course he's happy. But the image of Clarisse's face stays with him, reminding him of doubts he keeps in a hidden place within him—his "innermost trembling thought. Upon entering the cold, dark silence of his bedroom, which the narrator compares to a tomb, Montag realizes that he is not, in fact, happy.
His wife, Mildred, is stretched out as usual on her bed, with radio earplugs called "Seashells" filling her ears with sound. Montag accidentally steps on an empty bottle of sleeping pills on the floor and remembers that the bottle had contained 30 pills earlier in the day. He flicks on a hand-held igniter and sees that Mildred is pale and barely breathing.
The description of the bedroom as a cold, empty tomb with separate beds suggests that Montag's marriage with Mildred is dying. Notice also the contrast between Montag and Mildred: Montag admits to himself that he is unhappy, but Mildred avoids acknowledging her unhappiness and instead overdoses on sleeping pills.
Active Themes Suddenly, a squadron of jet bombers rips through the sky overhead, shaking the house with a supersonic roar. The bombers suggest a threat of war, and that this is a society capable of great violence. Active Themes Montag calls the hospital.
Two technicians arrive with machines—one to pump out Mildred's stomach, the other to replace her blood with fresh, clean blood.
The pump is also equipped with an Eye, a device that allows the machine's operator to clean out of the melancholy from a patient. The technicians chatter while they work, and Montag grows more upset. The fact that technicians, rather than doctors, come to revive Mildred's indicates that suicide is very common in this society.
The technicians use their machines to suck all the sadness out of a person and simply dispose of it like trash. No one addresses or even acknowledges the underlying causes of unhappiness. Active Themes Montag watches Mildred as color returns to her cheeks.
He opens the window across the lawn and hears laughter coming from the McClellans' house. Montag walks across the lawn and stands outside his neighbors' brightly lit home, listening to their conversation. The uncle is talking about how people are treated like "disposable tissue. The McClellans' are happy, and are having a real conversation, about real issues and ideas. Active Themes The next morning, Mildred has no memory of the previous night and denies taking the pills.
Later, when Montag gets ready for work, Mildred is in the TV parlor preparing to watch a TV show that lets her participate. The TV fills up three full walls. Mildred complains that they don't have a fourth wall yet. Montag makes sure the TV program has a happy ending before leaving for work. Mildred drowns her unhappiness in a constant media blitz. She keeps radio earphones in her ears and spends her day captivated and superficially content, surrounded by an interactive, three-wall TV.
In doing so, she conforms utterly to the society around her. Active Themes On his way to work, Montag meets Clarisse again. She is walking in the rain, tasting the raindrops and holding dandelions. She applies a childish dandelion test rubbing the flower on his chin to see if Montag is in love—her test shows that he isn't in love with anyone.
Montag is upset and insists that he is in love. Clarisse earlier forced Montag to think about a big question he'd avoided—whether he was happy—now she forces him to think about whether he's actually in love. Tasting raindrops is a perfect metaphor for interacting with the natural world. Active Themes Clarisse tells Montag that she thinks it's strange that he's a fireman, since other firemen won't talk to her or listen to her.
Clarisse's comment makes Montag feel as if he's split in half. But rather than say anything, he sends her on her way to see her psychiatrist.
The authorities make her see the psychiatrist because of her tendency toward independent thought. Clarisse now also forces Montag to face his own individuality by making him see that he's not a typical fireman. But Montag isn't yet ready to say or do anything about it. Notice how the authorities try to control and silence independent people like Clarisse. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations After Clarisse leaves, Montag opens his mouth to taste the raindrops while he walks to work.
Montag has been affected by Clarisse. Active Themes At the fire station, Montag looks in on the "sleeping" Mechanical Hound, a robotic creature that can be programmed to track the scent of an animal or personwhich it then kills with an injection of morphine or procaine. To entertain themselves, the firemen sometimes program the hound and let rats loose in the firehouse and watch the hunt.
Montag doesn't usually participate. Now, when Montag touches the Hound's muzzle, it makes a growling noise, shows its needle, and moves towards him. Shaken, Montag escapes to the second floor. The Mechanical Hound is one of the more chilling parts of the world of Fahrenheit It's one of the firemen's terrible weapons, but it's supposed to be without personality or motive—a machine that attacks only what it is programmed to attack. Yet the Mechanical Hound threatens Montag.
Maybe he has something to hide? Bradbury is foreshadowing later events here. Montag complains to Captain Beatty whose helmet has a phoenix on it about the Hound's threatening gestures toward him.
The Captain says the Hound doesn't like or dislike, it just does what it's programmed to do. Montag wonders if someone has programmed the Hound with his partial chemical fingerprint.
The Captain dismisses this but says they'll have the Hound checked out.
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Montag thinks about something he has hidden behind the ventilator grille at home. Out loud, he says he wouldn't want to be the Hound's next victim.
Captain Beatty asks him if he has a guilty conscience, looks at him steadily, and then laughs softly. Captain Beatty is Montag's boss. Outwardly he reassures Montag, yet there's a quiet but distinct undertone of threat to what he says. When Beatty stares at Montag, it's almost as if Beatty can sense what Montag is thinking about. Beatty's phoenix insignia symbolizes rebirth through fire—but the renewed world promised by the firemen is one without books.
This image of a phoenix will be contrasted with another image of a phoenix at the end of the novel. Active Themes For the next week, Montag sees Clarisse every day.
They have conversations about their friendship, about children, about the smell of old leaves. Montag feels comfortable and peaceful. Clarisse tells him she's left school because they think she's antisocial.
She describes the school day to Montag—TV class, lots of sports, making pictures, transcribing history, and memorizing answers. She also describes what passes for sociability among her peers—going to a Fun Park, breaking windows, daredevil games in cars, shouting, dancing, and fighting.
Six of her friends have been shot in the last year. Clarisse prefers to talk, or simply to observe people and figure out who they are. She eavesdrops on conversations. She tells Montag that people talk without saying anything. Bradbury uses the character of Clarisse to describe how mass media culture has affected the youth in Fahrenheit Clarisse's peers have no respect for their elders and don't seem to value their own lives.
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They seek pleasure and instant gratification, they speed around in their cars and crash, they shoot each other, and they break things. Their education consists of learning answers without asking questions. In contrast, instead of searching out cheap thrills, Clarisse does what she can to try to understand and engage with other people.