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In Fahrenheit 451, Mildred is Montag's wife, and her character symbolizes the dangers of censorship and anti-education policies. With this in mind, here are a few of Mildred's most important quotes.
In Part One of the novel, for example, Mildred takes an overdose of sleeping pills and almost dies. Her complete denial of what happened (to Montag) demonstrates her level of emotional repression:
"Heck," she said, "what would I want to go and do a silly thing like that for?"
Also in Part One, Mildred acknowledges her misery but tries to convince Montag that entertainment in the form of reckless driving is the answer, not reading books:
"I always like to drive fast when I feel that way. You get it up around ninety-five and you feel wonderful. Sometimes I drive all night and come back and you don't know it. It's fun out in the country. You hit rabbits, sometimes you hit dogs."
Furthermore, when Montag is sick and asks Mildred to turn down the parlour walls, she refuses and reveals how she really feels about watching these shows:
"That's my family."
Finally, Mildred's love for the parlour walls supersedes all other considerations, even the cost. When she begs Montag for a fourth wall, we get a sense of her need to escape everyday life:
"If we had a fourth wall, why it'd be just like this room wasn't ours at all, but all kinds of exotic people's rooms."
I like this quote that occurs between Montag and Mildred in chapter 1. In my copy of the book, it is on page 25.
"Let me alone," said Mildred. "I didn't do anything."
"Let you alone! That's all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"
The quote shows just how emotionless the entire society has become. Everybody medicates their emotional state or represses it with TV and music from the seashells. Montag is pointing out that in order to know and feel what true happiness is, a person has to experience sadness or anger and vice versa. Mildred simply never feels anything.
I also like this next quote from Mildred. It is on page 34 of my copy.
Mildred kicked at a book. "Books aren't people. You read and I look around, but there isn't anybody!"
I find the quote laughably ironic coming from Mildred. She spends most of her waking minutes watching TV characters and stories. They are fiction stories. They are not about real people. Montag could say the same thing to Mildred that she just said about books to Montag. He looks around, and there isn't anybody real that she is watching and spending time with.
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