In "Fahrenheit 451" how does Bradbury characterize the women as disinterested and unfeeling and how does this play on gender stereotypes?

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Bradbury characterizes women as superficial individuals, who are only concerned about watching their parlor walls, completely neglecting their husbands and children. In part two, Montag comes home and listens as Mildred and her two female friends share a brief conversation about their lives. Mrs. Phelps illustrates her lack of concern for her husband by not worrying about his well-being despite the fact that he is fighting in a war overseas. She also reveals her lack of concern for marriage by claiming to be independent and that she would not shed a tear if her third husband were to die in combat. Mrs. Bowles then comments on how she finds her children a burden and does not even attempt to raise them properly. Instead of comforting them and being a supportive, loving parent, Mrs. Bowles admits to leaving her children alone to watch the parlor televisions every night. The women also reveal their naive, shallow personalities by discussing how they vote for attractive politicians and...

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