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In Part One of Fahrenheit 451 what is wrong with Mildred?

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flgators9779 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2010 at 7:36 AM via web

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In Part One of Fahrenheit 451 what is wrong with Mildred?


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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Physically, the main thing that goes wrong with Mildred in Part One of the book is that she almost dies.  She accidentally takes a whole bottle full of sleeping pills and is near death before Guy gets these guys to come over and pump her stomach and replace her blood.

But you also have to wonder why this happened, because that tells us (I think) what is really wrong with Millie.  What is wrong is that she is really not happy.  She has no emotional fulfillment in her life because all she cares about is the "families" on the parlor walls.  This is, Bradbury implies, why she has allowed herself to make the "mistake" that almost kills her.

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