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In Fahrenheit 451, what is Mildred's attitude toward the woman who died with her books? 

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Posted April 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM via iOS

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In Fahrenheit 451, what is Mildred's attitude toward the woman who died with her books? 

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:27 AM (Answer #1)

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When Montag first tells Mildred that they burned a woman, her response is flippant. She says "well" as if to say "is that all" or "anything else?" Montag then suggests he might quit his job for a while. And Millie is outraged because this would interrupt the familiar and comforting monotony of their lives. Millie can not, or she refuses to understand the profound effect seeing a woman burned has had on Montag. She secludes herself in the worlds of her parlours and Seashells. Montag is convinced that there must be something in books that would drive a woman to make the ultimate sacrifice. Millie does not even want to consider the woman's motivations nor the power of books. It is too terrifying for her to second guess her own way of life. Millie refuses to feel anything for the woman and goes so far as to say she hates the woman for getting Montag to question things: 

"She's nothing to me; she shouldn't have had books. It was her responsibility, she should've thought of that. I hate her. She's got you going and next thing you know we'll be out, no house, no job, nothing."

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