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In Fahrenheit 451, what does Clarisse say people talk about?

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Posted September 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM via iOS

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In Fahrenheit 451, what does Clarisse say people talk about?

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sarahc418 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 15, 2013 at 9:15 PM (Answer #1)

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In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury comments on the depth of relationships people have. In this society, things like front porches no longer exist because people don't sit out to chat or meet their neighors.

The first time Clarisse mentions that her family sits up late and talks, Montag incredulously asks her "talk about what?" Clarisse laughs at him recognizing, as our culture would, that this is a funny question. For Montag, conversation is nonexistant. Clarisse says people do not talk about anything with substance. However, people in this society call her "anti-social." Clarisse clarifies that she thinks their definition of social and anti-social is incorrect.

"But I don't think it's social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you?"

Bradbury uses Clarisse as a reasonable voice who can point out for the reader the flaws of the humans of this society.

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