In Fahrenheit 451, how does Clarisse's death affect Montag?

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Clarisse's death affects Montag as much as her living person affected him, which is why it is ironic that Mildred, who has very little impact on Montag, is the one to deliver the news.

The relationship Montag develops with Clarisse is a unique one. She is a young teenager who likes nature, noticing the taste of rain and the look of dew on the grass, and she questions Montag in ways that seem to upset his balance. For example, when she tells Montag that she doesn't believe he is truly firefighter material, Montag's physical response is strong, reflecting the inner conflict Clarisse inspires in him.

When Clarisse dies, or disappears, Mildred tells him the news in her characteristically empty manner after admitting that she had forgotten about it. Montag again has a strong physical response, as the only person who has ever encouraged Montag to look at the moon with wonder and curiosity is gone. The curiosity that Clarisse exhibits to Montag models for him a way of living that he could...

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