In "Fahrenheit 451", what is Mildred's main concern as she runs out of the house?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In part 3, Captain Beatty takes Montag on a call and surprises him by arriving at his home. Montag is astonished that someone called in an alarm on his home and encounters Mildred running out of the front door with a suitcase in her hand. When Montag yells his wife's name, Mildred does not acknowledge him and continues to place her belongings into the taxi waiting outside of their home. Mildred then gets into the taxi and Montag hears her saying,

Poor family, poor family, oh everything gone, everything, everything gone now (Bradbury, 53).

Typically, Mildred's chief concern leaving her home is the fate of her beloved parlour walls and interactive television shows. Mildred's only concern in life is spending time watching interactive television shows on her three parlours walls. Mildred refers to the actors on the parlour wall screens as her "family." She is completely out of touch with reality throughout the novel and illustrates the superficial nature of Montag's dystopian society.

mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mildred mumbles as she's running out, "Poor family, poor family, oh everything gone, everything, everything gone now...".  By "family" she means the t.v. walls that she had in the house that she and her friends were so emotionally attached to.  Mildred brushes right past her husband, and instead mourns her fake television family.  And not only that-because her t.v. family is gone, "everything" is gone.  Nothing else really mattered.  It's a sad ending for her and Montag, but not a surprising one, considering their society.