In Part One, Montag asks his charismatic neighbor Clarisse McClellan why she isn't in school and she responds by saying,
"Oh, they don't miss me . . . I'm anti-social, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange" (Bradbury, 13).
Clarisse goes on to explain why she is labeled anti-social and the reader discovers that the definition of social in Bradbury's dystopian society has a completely opposite meaning. The majority of citizens in Bradbury's dystopian society consider having meaningful conversations, discussing the world, or talking about life to be examples of anti-social behavior. Clarisse is essentially labeled anti-social because she does not enjoy listening to a television teach lessons, playing violent sports with her classmates, or sitting in a classroom not talking about anything interesting. Ironically, Clarisse is a very social adolescent, who enjoys having meaningful conversations and discussing life with others. Overall, Clarisse McClellan is labeled anti-social because she does not participate in the meaningless, shallow activities that her other peers enjoy and would rather have enlightening conversations about life.