how do the women in fahrenheit 451have and care for there children?

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The answer to this question can be found when Mrs. Montag invites the women into her home for an evening with the TV or three walls. Mr. Montag asks Mrs. Phelps about her children.  Mrs. Phelps replies

"No one in his right mind, the good Lord knows, would have children" (pg 96)

Mrs. Bowles then says that she has two children.  She had them by Caesarian section because it was no use going through all that pain for a baby. She did it because...

"The world must reproduce, you know, the race must go on." (pg 96)

Mrs. Phelps again says

"....Children are ruinous, you are out of your mind" (pg 96)

In defense, Mrs. Bowles states that the children go to school nine days out of ten.  They come home three days a month, and that is the only time she had to deal with them. When they are home, she puts them in front of the TV in the parlor.  She compares it to doing the laundry.  You put the laundry in and slam the lid.  So you put the children in front of the TV and walk away. She says that the children would just as soon kick her as kiss her, but that doesn't seem to disturb her because she then comments,

"Thank God, I can kick back." (pg 96)

Overall children are a nuisance, the government takes care of them, and there is very little affection bestowed on them.  They are not cherished by society.


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