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In Fahrenheit 451, how does Montag feel about the people in the parlour walls?

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loic | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2011 at 1:13 AM via web

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In Fahrenheit 451, how does Montag feel about the people in the parlour walls?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Until he meets Clarisse and starts to think about how his life is structured, Montag never thought about the television programs in his "TV Parlour." This is an entertaining room with TV screens covering three of the walls; Mildred wants a fourth put in so she can be completely surrounded by her "family." As the novel progresses, Montag grows to hate the "parlour families," who speak without meaning and evoke emotion without reason. As he becomes more interested in books, he starts to notice the real divide between depth of idea and superficiality of emotion:

"Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes! I don't hear those idiot bastards in your parlour talking about it."
(Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Google Books)

The parlour provides nothing but shallow entertainment, nothing to help people understand and cope with the impending war. In Part 3. Montag burns the TV parlour with all the rest of his house, symbolically and literally destroying the government-controlled technology that stole Mildred from him.


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sarastamey | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM (Answer #2)

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Montag actually hates the parlor people. The people on the shows in the parlor are distracting his wife and so many others from the real world and he hates that; they are losing their humanity and their sense of reality. When he is burning his own house, he never seems happy to do it except when he walks into the parlor he almost burns the walls with joy.

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