How does Montag react when Clarisse dies?

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In part 1, Montag is lying in bed thinking about Clarisse when he asks Mildred if she has seen her lately. Mildred casually remarks that she forgot to tell Montag that Clarisse passed away. Montag is initially shocked and in disbelief at hearing the news of Clarisse's death, while Mildred seems like she could care less. Mildred then rolls over, and Montag remains silent in his bed as he reflects on the death of his friend. The next morning, Montag wakes up five hours later than usual with chills and a fever. Clarisse's death also dramatically impacts Montag's outlook on life, and he ends up telling Mildred that he wants to quit his job. That day, Montag calls off work and remains in his bed. Montag also contemplates reading the stolen books he took from various crime scenes, and Captain Beatty makes a surprise visit to his home. In short, Clarisse's death makes Montag physically ill and motivates him to change the trajectory of his meaningless life.

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The sudden death of Clarisse in Part One has a huge impact on Montag. It is Mildred who breaks the news to Montag and, the morning after, Montag develops "chills and fever" which stop him from going to work. He also sleeps "five hours" later than usual. This is significant because it is the first time Montag has ever been sick, which Mildred points out to him.

Clarisse's death also provokes an identity crisis in Montag. He starts talking about quitting his job, and suddenly becomes conscious of the moral implications of his job as a fireman, saying,

Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books.

His absence from work leads to a visit from his boss, Captain Beatty, who realizes Montag is beginning to question his role in society. Clarisse's death set Montag on the path to rebellion. 

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