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Mildred Montag spends most of the hours of her day watching television, and considers the characters in her programs to be her "family". She's an interesting character, because she appears to be a shallow fool who rarely, if ever, has an independent thought; in other words, she fits perfectly into the society in which she lives. There is friction between Mildred and her husband when he begins to question the status quo, and worst of all, recite poetry. However, when she overdoses on pills, the reader is left to wonder, did she just forget how many she took, being the dimwit that she is, or does she understand more than she lets on about the nature of the society she lives in and deliberately tried to end her life out of quiet desperation?
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