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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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zumba96 | Student

It is not good. He thinks it is absolutely fine but soon learns that in fact they do not have a great relationship and he does not even remember when he and Mildred first met. She even turns him in to the fire station for reading books. Basically she loves her society more than him

andiiibyprainstarz | Student

in my opinion Millie doesn't love Montag... It seems like a "fake"...

As Montag asks her when they met first time... she cant say anything... she said that it is a long time ago.. she only love the well payed job of Montag... only the things she get brought makes her happy

chelsearocks145 | Student

its not very good. he no longer is in loe with her anymore after she had tried to kill herself and also when he starts falling for his new 17 year old crazy neighbor