Children are the most pure examples of the human race. They have not been flawed by societal norms; they are still purely themselves. The pure nature of children is miles away from the beaten down attitude of adults. Adults have seen the pain of reality, and it has caused them to stray from their original state. When the two groups meet, sometimes incredible things happen. In the case of the elderly, sometimes working with young children can bring them seemingly back to their younger selves. In worlds where interaction between people is bleak and often nonexistent, teenagers offer a contrast that can make adults curious again. And in a world so filled with meaningless pain that almost all lose hope, children are there to make them rethink …show more content…
The world of Fahrenheit 451 is one without books. This difference in society has lead to a lack in personal connections and curiosity. Although most children of the society have fallen into this trap as well, Clarisse has not. “I rarely watch the ‘parlor walls’ or go to races or Fun Parks. So I have lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess.” (Bradbury, P. 9) Clarisse’s family is different than the normal family; they talk to each other, and let Clarisse be herself. Therefore, Clarisse never lost her childhood ideals. She is still free the think for herself, be kind, and be curious. When Montag meets Clarisse, the two clash in an interesting way. “You’re peculiar, you’re aggravating, yet you 're easy to forgive. You say you 're seventeen?...How odd. How strange. And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can’t get over it.”(Bradbury, P. 23) Clarisse is a breed all of her own, and the separation confuses Montag. The way that Clarisse thinks and behaves is more reminiscent of an adult than a teenager. Montag grows increasingly more intrigued each time he talks with Clarisse. “He stood outside the talking house in the shadows, thinking he might even tap on their door and whisper, “Let me in. I won’t say anything. I just want to listen. What is it you’re saying?’” (Bradbury, P. 17) Montag eventually reaches a point where he can’t stand his normal life anymore. Clarisse, intentionally or not, has shocked Montag back into his childlike curiosity. All he wants to do is learn, something he’s never felt so attached to before. This is how Montag becomes comfortable enough with his wonder to start reading books. Within just a few moments of interaction with her, Clarisse was able to bring back the curiosity in Montag’s
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As Fahrenheit 451 goes further, I believe that the characterization of Clarisee makes the story have a "what happens next" feel to it. There are many situations in the story that leave me wondering why it happened, such as Clarisse's death. Clarisse dies (we think). What’s up with that? I'm wondering if it could be that, in this world a girl like Clarisse just can’t exist.
Before Montag met Clarisse, he never thought about reading books, and he was never curious about how things were done before (history). Clarisse makes Montag question his surroundings, such as his society, and happiness. Everything started with a simple walk in the neighborhood to Clarisse’s house, followed by the question “"Are you happy?,"” introducing Montag's first internal problem, himself (7). After his first encounter with Clarisse, Montag seemed to have a crisis over his happiness, “Of course I'm happy. What does she think?
In the inventive, groundbreaking novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the life of ordinary firefighter Guy Montag is completely overturned when his mind is opened to the possibilities of life and reality. As the story begins, Guy Montag contently works as a modern firefighter, burning books that have been outlawed and destroying the remnants of any old knowledge without questioning his actions. He lives a simple life and does not challenge his quiet surroundings. One night though, he encounters a young, incredibly bright girl by the name of Clarisse on a walk home from work and his whole world seemingly changes. Recognizing her peculiarly liberated mindset of life and what it means to be happy, Guy reflects on his own life and meets with her to
After Montag wakes up to reality thanks to Clarisse he begins watching her family from his yard. He is intrigued by her family because she tells him while they are walking that herself along with her family talk all the time and talk about life. Once Montag had found that out, he was shook. Once Montag burns an elderly woman alive with her books that's when everything changes. He had then realized that there must be something special about books that the woman was fighting for.
Clarisse was a “thinker” from day 1, “You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what I've asked you”(Bradbury 6). Clearly, Montag wasn't always considered “human” but fit in with the rest of the society. (STEWE-2) Montag eventually couldn't take the “society” anymore, “Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you've had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarean sections, too, and your children who hate your guts!
Upon meeting Clarisse, Montag had "a brief hour of rediscovery" when his mother "lit a last candle" that made "such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions" (Bradbury 17). In agreeing to escort Clarisse on her walk, Montag wanted to remember his rediscovery and to find out who he was through conversing with Clarisse. Clarisse comment, "You never stop to think what I've asked you" forms curiosity in Montag to question the purpose of everything (Bradbury 31). Her remark hint a future that Montag will wonder into the most dangerous place where books resided to find out the truth behind the government's lies. Clarisse's introduction, "I'm seventeen
The displeasure these characters feel, for Montag, this begins with Clarisse. Meeting her was not the changing point but when she asked the question “Are you happy?” This the beginning of Montag questioning his life. It is shown how these feelings truly blossom by small actions Montag does. Montag not watching T.V., questioning his feelings for his wife and continuing to talk to Clarisse show how he is slowly changing in
Clarisse is talking to Montag as they walk down the street. This quote is significant because it shows the point where Montag is turned by Clarisse. He begins to doubt what the government and his friends are telling him. It might not seem like much at the time, but later in the book Montag begins to read books. ii)””A natural error.
As Clarisse questions why Montag begins to think about his actions and how they affect people as well as society. The reader realizes Montag is a puppet in the dystopian society following the protocol as he is told by society. Montag’s inability to reason with what he is doing makes him gullible. Montag’s society would consider him dangerous within his society, but in reality he is escaping what is a dysfunctional.
She spends time thinking, exploring, and engaging in conversation. These actions make her an outcast. The first hint of Montag’s doubts about his society emerge when Clarisse asks Montag, “Are you happy?” (Bradbury 7). Montag is taken aback by this question, as it is something he has never contemplated previously.
Soon, he began to wonder why he was not satisfied with his life, he began to question why nobody had the time to sit back for a minute and reflect upon their lives. He discovered that nothing he had done through out his life defined his character; everything Montag had done was merely influenced by his community. He had adapted an image of someone that was not him. He had to met Clarisse in order to realize that his behavior and his way of living was not who he wanted to be. Subsequently, he began a desperate quest to find his true character and comprehend his purpose in
Everybody has a point in life where someone reminds them of something they have long forgotten and suddenly everything make sense. In the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury titled Fahrenheit 451, the curious, sweet girl of the name Clarisse pops the bubble that Montag lives in. Bradbury includes Clarisse in the story to act as an eye opener for Montag. She introduces him to a past where firemen put out fires instead of starting them. Clarisse remains immune to the chatter of television and instead gazes through a kaleidoscope of colors that filters out the dull views of the government.
One of the main characters in the novel is Clarisse, who is Montag’s neighbor, and she is the main character that starts his change. She starts his change by asking him a simple question. The book states “Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity. ‘Are you happy?’ she said” (Bradbury).
Every single person on this Earth is currently facing a problem, whether it is life changing or minute. The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury touches upon each type of conflict a character can face: man versus self, man versus man, and man versus society. The story follows around a fireman named Montag who realized that the he and the world around him is incredibly ignorant and censored. Three parts make up the book entitled The Hearth and the Salamander, The Sieve and the Sand, and Burning Bright. Bradbury chose to organize the book into sections because each section introduces a new form of conflict, which relates to the titles because The Hearth and the Salamander relates to two different types of people and how they view fire, The Sieve