What is the bedroom that Montag enters in the first part of Fahrenheit 451 like, and which character does it represent?

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caledon | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Montag's bedroom is repeatedly compared to a tomb. One of the elements that I had to remind myself of while visualizing the room is that it is described as completely dark, with no light at all, as though it were sealed shut. Montag isn't even able to see that his wife is nearly dead. 

The room is described as having windows and could easily be a much more pleasant place if it were open to the moonlight, but Montag knows not to bother.

I think the room is largely meant to represent his wife, Mildred, who spends virtually all of her time with small radios in her ears, sealed off from the outside world, just like the room itself. However it also represents their marriage: cold, lifeless, and sealed shut, an ironic mirror image of what a marriage should be.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The bedroom is the one that Montag shares with his wife Mildred.  It is a cold room, not inviting or homey.  What is significant is that Montag refers to the room as empty, and then revises that to say not quite empty.  This symbolizes Montag himself.  He realizes in this scene, and in part because of his interaction with Clarisse, that he is unhappy.  This realization has made him see that he is "not quite empty".  There is still passion and desire in him, and they are the spark that will lead to his goals.


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