Describe the "wall" and the "family" in Fahrenheit 451.

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The wall is a wall-to-wall circuit TV they have installed in their parlor.  Mildred is obsessed with it.  She had the TV installed on three walls, but she wants a fourth wall installed also.  Mildred is interacting with the people on the walls.

"It's really fun.  It'll even be more fun when we can afford to have the fourth wall installed." (pg 20)

The family are the characters in the walls that interact with Mildred.  They are the uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews that lived in those walls. Basically, they are TV characters. Montag had

"....taken to calling them relatives from the very first. " (pg 45)

The walls are one controlling factor of the people.  People no longer read, so they watch television, and they are given a script on how to interact with it.  They are told what to think and say, and the characters become real in their lives.


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