Fahrenheit Literature Circle: Post #2
While 'Fahrenheit ' focuses on main character Guy Montag, his wife Mildred is an important part of the novel. This lesson explores Mildred's. It's pretty dysfunctional. In the beginning Montag is not aware that he really dislikes his wife or, at the worst, has stopped caring about her. Essay Montag´s Change in Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury metamorphosis with the help from his neighbor Clarisse, his wife Mildred, and his boss Beatty.
Kerosene is like perfume for him. He likes his job and he never asks why he does it, because his father and his grandfather did the same work, too.
One gets the impression that Montag leads a normal life and he feels happy. This changes after he met Clarisse. She causes him to think about his life and his feelings.
It is Clarisse who reminds him how nice the world could be, if he saw it correctly. Suddenly he allows himself to admit that he is not really happy. He is full of care for Mildred. So he is not sure, if the men, who have come for rescue, are the right men and if they have learned to rescue people in a correct way. He is not able to speak to Mildred; in that way both are dissatisfied. Montag falls into a crisis after he has burnt books in a house with an old woman in it.
The relationship of Montag and Mildred
This time he starts losing his self-confidence. He doubts his job; he falls ill and needs the help of his wife.
But there is no help. Instead he has conflicts with Mildred and Beatty, his boss. Both cannot understand that this is a problem for him.
Reading is forbidden, for them it is clear. Montag has another view of that. Secretly he has hidden books and wants to read them to find out what the problem is with him and his wife. In the course of the text Montag becomes more sympathetic.
They have no children, and her husband says that she does not want them. Her appearance is not advantageous; her hair is defect by chemical influence. So it looks like straw.Fahrenheit 451 - François Truffaut - Reading Scene
Also her body is thin, scrawny nearly; it appears there is not enough to eat for her or she is on a diet. The color of her flesh gives the impression of being white bacon. Her lips are painted with a red lipstick, so she looks even paler. Her eyes do not look into this world, they are not clear; it looks as if there was a kind of cataract in them which is invisible.
Montag, when he stands before the bedroom where Mildred lies with her Seashell, explains the room as not empty but indeed empty.
This means that Mildred is actually there, so the room is technically not empty. However, she is so distant and absorbed into the radio that her mind is elsewhere.
The relationship of Montag and Mildred | Reading the World
So let's make a comparison: The barrier is evident everywhere - radio, the walls Also, both couples do not cooperate with one another; it is true that Macbeth and LM were a team once, but we know that they acted independent later on. This is the case with Montag and Mildred, as Mildred is not willing to cooperate or even listen properly to Montag. For example, when Montag feels sick she doesn't even want to turn off the three walls to listen to him.
So the separation is evident; care and love for one another cannot be established with certain barriers. In conclusion, Mildred seems unaware of the distance between her husband and herself; she is too absorbed by the technology. She is left disconnected to other people, just like what the society expects everyone to be.
A contrasting character against Mildred would be Clarisse - Clarisse seems more mature as she sounds deeper and more thoughtful. On the other hand, nothing really crosses Mildred's mind except what is planted there by the media. Which is censorship, fully intended by the government Let's finish this off with another reference to Clarisse, because we realize that the seventeen year old girl had died after a car crash How sad, as she was very against driving a hundred miles per hour When Montag finds Clarisse standing in the rain, she is holding a dandelion.
She claims that if rubbed under the chin the pollen will rub off.