What do the characters in Fahrenheit 451 represent?
Each of the five main characters represent a type of reaction to the collectivist government that controls all its citizens.
Montag's wife, Mildred, represents the unthinking acceptance of control; she has no desire to be anything more than she is each day, and cares about nothing except for her television programs, which lack intellectual content.
Clarisse represents the freedom of the past. She is critical of society and looks beyond the surface to see the misery underneath the patina of comfort. She speaks with Montag, triggering his latent individualism, and is a danger to the government; it is likely that they have her killed to prevent her...
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