In Fahrenheit 451, what is the relationship like between Mildred and Montag?

In Fahrenheit 451, the relationship between Mildred and Montag is characterized by indifference, a sense of duty and responsibility on Montag's part, and vastly different ways of life and interests.

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The reader has little opportunity to determine Mildred's feelings about the relationship, since the book focuses on Montag's viewpoint. From the little we see of her, she seems to regard her husband with almost complete indifference, which turns into distrust and dislike. The fact that when we first encounter her, Mildred is in a coma after attempting suicide certainly does not suggest that she is happy in her marriage.

Montag, for his part, is in denial about both his marriage and his life at the beginning of the book. This is clear in his irritation with Clarisse, first when she asks if he is happy, then when she rubs a dandelion under his chin to determine whether he is in love:

"What a shame," she said. "You're not in love with anyone."

"Yes, I am!"

"It doesn't show."

"I am very much in love!" He tried to conjure up a face to fit the words, but there was no face. "I am!"

Montag seems to realize at this moment that he is not in love with his wife. He has more in common with Clarisse and...

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