What Are Parlor Walls
In Fahrenheit 451 what are parlor walls and what are on them?
Usually, the parlor walls contain wall-sized television screens. They get a screen that is as large as the wall in a room, and if they can get all four walls of a room covered in television screens, then you have a total and complete interactive and entertainment package. At the beginning of the novel, Mildred and Montag have three t.v. walls in their "parlor" or living room, and Mildred is hinting around to Montag that she wants yet another one. However, the cost for a t.v. wall is exhorbitant--it is nearly 1/3 of Montag's yearly salary, so it is a hard decision to make.
Mildred is addicted to watching television on these parlor walls. The programs that are on the television allow her to play an interactive role in the storyline, almost like a video game of sorts, where she is one of the characters in the drama. She spends most of her day watching and interacting with the television, and discusses all of the programs with her friends. It is a way for her to escape, and to not have to think about her life and how miserable she is. Montag jokes with her about the programs, calling the characters "the family," because she cares for them just like they are family members, and because she spends as much time with them as she does with him, if not more. So, the parlor walls are just large television screens that show programs. I hope that helps--good luck!
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