In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, what is the life-style of the people in this society and how does it connect to theme?

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People in society play many different roles. Look closely at the children, and it conveys that the children go to school to learn jogging, transcript tv and basketball. They do nothing that requires thinking or intellectual thought. When the kids get out of school, they play chicken with their cars, and go to junk yards to break windows etc. Clarisse talks about how many of these people die due to their carelessness. Children are not valued as shown through Mrs. Phelps. She has children that she does not like, and Montag reveals that she had numerous abortions to avoid having more children. 

Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles show that Mildred is not the only woman who enjoys staying at home all day and watching "the family" on the walls of their living room. Their husbands are fighting in the war that no one can explain what it is being fought over. 

The other interesting people in the novel are the two men who come to revive Mildred from her suicide attempt. They smoke and casually talk about how often this happens each night. Mildred does not required medical treatment from professionals but rather a cleaning of the blood from two handymen. 

The characterization of the people in the novel that are common society members indicate that Montag, Clarisse and Faber are the minority. 

 

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