According to Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, what is school like and how do teens amuse themselves?
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Clarisse really hates school. She wants to be able to talk to people and think about things. But at their school, they don't really learn. They play a lot of sports and they have a film tell them a bunch of stuff. But they aren't asked to think at all.
Because they are so tired from school, teens go out afterwards and all they want to do is be violent. They like to go and break windows, wreck cars, and bully people.
Because of this, Clarisse does not like school and the adults at school think she is anti-social.
Clarisse explains her typical school day to Montag, which doesn't involve any academics at all. First, she has an hour of a class about TV. She then has an hour-long sports class, after which she has a painting class, a transcription history class, or another sports class. Clarisse finishes her school day with four hours of film class. Clarisse's biggest complaint is that she's not allowed to ask questions and no one really interacts with each other. This is ironic because the authorities call her anti-social for actually wanting to talk to people and learn new information.
After school, Clarisse says that kids are so exhausted that they either go home to bed or go to Fun Parks. While at the parks, many kids are bullied, vandalize cars and windows, or race cars in the streets. Teens are very reckless with their cars, too; they play "chicken" and "knock hubcaps" (30). Clarisse is also afraid of kids her own age because six of her friends have been shot within the last year, and ten died in car wrecks. Clearly, teenagers are not monitored or held accountable for their actions. Society must think these teens' behavior is normal and allow them to continue killing each other as Clarisse describes.
According to Clarisse McClellan, school is not conducive to proper social behavior where people truly interact and really get to know one another through fruitful talking. She is painted as being antisocial but she believes she is really quite social. However, she also believes that throwing a group of students together in a classroom and not letting them interact properly is a more proper definition of "antisocial."
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