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In Fahrenheit 451, what does this quote mean?How rarely did other people's faces take...

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Posted December 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM via iOS

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In Fahrenheit 451, what does this quote mean?

How rarely did other people's faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought? (Part I)

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM (Answer #1)

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Montag is thinking about Clarisse in this quote.  She makes him look at himself, like a mirror.  When Clarisse asks him questions, such as whether or not he is happy, she makes him consider who he is.

Clarisse is a young woman Montag met briefly.  Montag describes Clarisse as like a mirror.

How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know that refracted your own light to you? (Part 1)

In Montag’s world, people have taken for granted how closely everything is controlled.  Things are done for them, and they are happy.  Clarisse makes Montag question his very soul—his inner being.  He has never asked himself if he was happy.  He has never thought about being happy.  She makes him explore hard truths about his life.

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