Why is Clarisse afraid of her peers in Fahrenheit 451? 

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Clarisse specifically states,

"I'm afraid of children my own age. I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid."

Here is the deal with Clarisse. She represents everything that is real. This world that Fahrenheit 451 takes place in contains nothing of the reality that we want to have in place today... except Clarisse. She fears her peers because the are reckless and they don't have any sense of responsibility.

Just a few paragraphs later Clarisse claims that she really enjoys watching people. She doesn't necessarily know them, but she likes to use her imagination and try to figure out where people are going and what they intend to do when they get there.

These features of Clarisse prove that she thinks much more than the average kid in the society represented by this novel.



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