At the end of part 1, Montag and his wife, Millie, are ignoring someone at their front door. Montag's boss, Captain Beatty, has just shown up unexpectedly while Montag was reading illegally. Now, once again, the door calls for someone to answer it. Montag sinks to the floor because he can't bring himself to face anyone. Instead, he waits for the person to leave, grabs the book he was reading, and tries once more to educate his wife.
During this section of the novel, Montag has an awakening because of his conversations with his neighbor Clarisse. Clarisse's family does not follow social norms, refusing to watch TV and staying up talking instead of using technology as a way to pass the time. Because Clarisse begins asking him questions about society, the way things are, and even about his own emotions, Montag begins to change. This change brings about his conflict at the end of part 1.
Montag's conflict is that he is now conscious. He is aware of who he is, and he is aware that his society...
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