Mildred and Clarisse

Mildred and Clarisse - Montag (21). Clarisse is always...

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“Opposites [don’t] attract” By Cameron Palmer September 18, 2006 By contrasting the technology guided Mildred and the thoughtful Clarisse so sharply in Fahrenheit 451 , Ray Bradbury suggests that being obsessed with technology results in ignorance and unhappiness. Clarisse is a unique and odd person in the setting of Fahrenheit 451 . She is one of the few people who thinks about ideas and enjoys life without the use of technology. She likes “to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay[s] up all night, walking, and watch[ing] the sunrise” (7). These examples make her happy because she is not like everyone else; she is different. Also, they make her intelligent because she has ideas and acquires knowledge from books and thinking. Clarisse is often happy because of how peculiar she is. She “smile[s] when she [sees]
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Unformatted text preview: Montag (21). Clarisse is always happy to see Montag and talk to him about books. Mildred, on the other hand, is a technology driven person. She is one of the many people in Bradburys world who has technology driving her and keeping her alive. She usually has both ears plugged with electronic bees that [are] humming the hour away (18). Mildred thinks that she is pleased with the way she lives, and life in general. However, it turns out that she is ignorant and like an empty shell and she ends up taking all the pills in [her] bottle (19). She says that she probably just forgot she was taking them and that she wouldnt do a thing like that (19). Bradbury contrasts Clarisse and Mildred in Fahrenheit 451 to express that obsession of technology can result in ignorance and unhappiness....
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2010 for the course ENL 003 taught by Professor Swinkin during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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