Farenheit 451 - Evan Brown ENG 112 Leslee Chan 19 March...

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Evan Brown ENG 112 Leslee Chan 19 March 2011 Inquiry 2 Clarisse, the teenage neighbor of Montag, is the first cultural and historical moment. Clarisse enjoys the simple pleasures of life which have trickled out in their society. She describes her interests saying, “I’m seventeen and I’m crazy…I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watching the sun rise” (Bradbury 7). She is seen as weird and different because of her different interests. On a list of seventy-five simple pleasures in life, Clarisse’s interest all fall within the top twenty (Babauta). She would be perfectly normal in modern society but society has changed. She is a foil to Montag and their society because she resembles a simpler mindset and way of life that is similar to the society in 1953 (year Fahrenheit 451 was published). The society in the book has changed for the worse where people have no life outside of the media and are on their way towards becoming heartless and lonely. Montag’s displeasure with his society amplified after meeting Clarisee. She asked him questions about society and made ultimately made him question himself and his answers. For example Clarisse asks “Is it true that long ago fireman put fires out instead of going to start them?” which he quickly responded “No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it” (Bradbury 8). He laughs at this and she says “You laugh when I haven’t been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think of what I asked you” (Bradbury 8). This gives us insight into the fast acting, not thought out lifestyles that the majority of society is living, like zombies. That conversation is when Clarisse planted a seed into Montag’s head pushed him to question his
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values and believes and relationships. Once she disappears and her family supposedly moves away, Montag is put into action and opens his eyes to everything she was saying. Clarisse was so different from the current culture that she flipped Montag’s world upside-down. After think for a few days he says “I don’t know what it is. I’m so damned unhappy, I’m so mad, and I don’t
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