In Bradbury's dystopian society, the authoritative government censors literature and prohibits individuals from engaging in intellectual pursuits. Towards the beginning of the story, Montag meets his charismatic, intuitive teenage neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, who elaborates on their dystopian nation by telling Montag,
Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. (14)
The fact that children are murdering each other and violence is typical throughout society highlights the dystopian setting of the story. As part of the government regulations, children are prohibited from reading novels and gaining perspective on the world. Instead, children spend the majority of their school days playing sports and watching videos.
After interacting with Clarisse, Montag begins to second guess his occupation and is traumatized after...
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