In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, what words describe how Clarisse feels internally about herslef?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It would seem to me that you would want to search for words that bring out "difference" from the norm.  I think that one of the first would be "non- conformist."  Clarisse is fairly happy being "different" from everyone else.  In a world that strives to "be made equal," Clarisse revels in the difference, and loves the fact that she is so distinct from everyone else.  I would say that Clarisse is "Quirky," in that she enjoys things that few do or allowed to do.  She tells Montag that she and her family love to "talk."  This is seen as "quirky" because of the social order in which she lives, whereby talking and communicating with one another is seen as different.  I think that another word to describe Clarisse would be "inquisitive."  She has no problems asking questions about her world and to Montag.  Her pointed one of "Are you happy" sets his entire transformation in motion.  It is with this question where so much of his entire world is inverted through his own course of self- discovery.  Finally, in terms of describing what happens to Clarisse, I would use the term "silenced" to describe how she is eliminated.  In the end, her legacy lives on through Montag and all that he undergoes in the course of the novel.

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