What are some of the laws or norms in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that the society must follow? 

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There are many laws that people in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 must follow.

In the first section, "The Hearth and the Salamander," the first rule is introduced. People are not allowed to own (and therefore, read) books. If someone does, his or her home (along with the books) is burned to the ground. On page eight of my book, Guy Montag meets his new neighbor, Clarisse McClellan. She is an unusual seventeen year old who sees the world very differently than Montag. She is unique. She asks Guy about books:

"Do you ever read any of the books you burn?"

He laughed. "That's against the law!"

Another rule pertains to the speed with which people drive their cars, and is found on page nine. Clarisse says that people drive so fast that they never see things along the road: only blurs of colors. Green is the grass, pink is a rose garden, and brown is a cow. The drivers don't clearly recognize what they are passing for grass or a cow; they only know that the blur they see is a thing that they never clearly see. Clarisse tells Montag:

My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days.

In fact, Clarisse's family gets in quite a bit of trouble. Starting at the bottom of page nine, she says her uncle was put in jail another time, arrested for walking:

My uncle was arrested another time—did I tell you?—for being a pedestrian. Oh, we're most peculiar!

On page 63, after Clarisse's death, Montag recalls other rules:

No front porches...people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk...thought about things, turned things over...[But] people talked too much. And they had time to think.

So society removed...

...the...

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