Mildred isn’t worried about her husband. She doesn’t know that it could be worse. And without knowledge of how important things are, she can easily detach herself from caring about anything. Making her cold, and uncaring. The citizens of F41 have lost the ability to listen.
(TS) A major message in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is that materialism is the root of a lack of compassion in society. (MIP-1) Montag’s society is very materialistic. (SIP-A) Throughout the novel, one example of this is Montag’s wife, Mildred, who only cares about her material
This is most clearly shown through Mrs. Bowles’ C-sections and her lack of relationships with her children. Montag recognises his lack of emotions towards Mildred, demonstrating the dehumanization of society. Granger explains how society used to be, with meaningful lives and human emotions/relationships. Without these human characteristics, life is not valued and not seen as important. Because of this, the people spend their days doing whatever makes them think they are happy for that moment in time.
Madame Ratignole is always giving Edna counsel and warning her. When Edna moves into her new home alone and becomes close to Arobin, Ratignole “advise[s] [her] to be a little careful while she [is] living there alone” and tells her that Arobin’s “ attentions alone are enough to ruin a woman’s reputation” . Ultimately, Edna ignores her about almost everything. Ratignole has little influence on Edna’s decision making and Edna makes choices that she would never make, both of these facts show their dissimilarity. Edna’s relationship with Mademoiselle Reisz is different.
Mildred has been influenced by society and represents the ideal citizen in that her social interactions are minimal, she is numb to her own emotions, and she avoids thinking for herself. Clarisse is the complete opposite of Mildred and is connected to her family and Montag, happy and a free thinker. She has been influenced by her non-conforming uncle, but since society snuffs out non-conformity, it is not surprising that Clarisse meets an abrupt end. Mildred, as the symbol of the majority, is appropriately destroyed with the rest of the society. The majority will always herd us to thoughtless, emotionless, disconnected conformity.
Mildred and Society Society can change a person positively or negatively. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Mildred is the wife of the main character Guy Montag. Society has made Mildred self-centered, robotic, and unfeeling. First, one reason why Mildred is self-centered is she wants the fourth wall which they don’t have the money and she doesn’t obey Montag. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, when Montag was talking to Captain Beatty Mildred said, “let me fix your pillow” Montag said “No” and Mildred said, “here” and Montag said, “ Get away”.
She was only written with negative character traits which made it so characters or readers were never able to sympathize with her. Next, no character ever had a turning point where they saw Curley’s wife as more than exactly that, Curley’s wife. And finally, he never gave her a name. There was a great imbalance between sexism and making the readers question the sexism. If Steinbeck had chosen to give the woman some justice the message against sexism would have been stronger.
She becomes sarcastic once more as she states “ I have never been called crude names, like “fatso” or “lard bucket.” In reality, she has been called all of those crude names which is precisely why she does not want to call others of size the same names that she is being called. The crude names that others have called Peck demonstrates her point of view of discrimination against people of size. Progressing on, the author addresses more about how she never picks up magazines and reads the criticism that the authors receive for portraying overweight women. Peck is highly cautious with her words as she says “I have never picked up a magazine with the photograph of a naked woman of substance on the cover, to read, in the following issue, thirty letters to editor addressing sizeism..” (290) Peck uses the phrase “woman of substance” as a non-judgmental way to describe the woman because she understands and ponders on what they might feel to being called impolite names. She portrays the fact that people who do not have any struggles with body weight do not understand that people of size are humans too and will sympathize or judge them which is a form of
Beth, Conrad’s mom, seems to care about nothing more than her reputation, which proves to be a key reason for the family's professedly endless grieving. She herself has not dealt with the grief brought on by the death of Buck. She constantly has her guard up and is quick to steer away from any situation that even remotely pertains to her life before the tragedy. As a result, she struggles greatly
Who are you?” I believe that this poem shows that she believes that she is nobody, and finds no reason to become a “somebody” because it is useless to her (Dickinson). She shows that she feels that is useless because she says “tell it to the bog –the livelong June- to an admiring Bog!” (Dickinson 7-8). The poem “I can wade grief”, further shows how her writings were affected by the death of her family members and romances, Dickinson says “I Can wade grief, whole pools of it, I am used to that” (Dickinson 1-3; Emily Dickinson's Biography). Another sign of Dickinson’s depressing thoughts of solitude and losses are shown when she writes the poem “Are friends a