Where are some examples of irony throughout Fahrenheit 451?Please include a page number.

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Well, page numbers won't help, since we're likely using different editions. However, one huge irony is the reversal of roles in this dystopian novel. Due to the forbidden nature of books, ignorance is the norm in the future society. People live on television, & their removal from each other has led to a crass, careless nature. In fact, people who are kind to one another, feel compassion for each other, or have manners are considered odd- even something to be feared. Those who are openly hostile to others, and willingly participate in the materialistic, consumer culture are exalted as upstanding citizens.

Another irony underlying the overall story is that of the "family" on the television. Mildred is enthralled with these people, even to the point of neglecting and rejecting her own husband. Her relationship with Montag fell apart years before the novel takes place, and her attempted suicide shows that somewhere in her subconscious, she realizes that she has given up an actual relationship for false ones. The actors on the tv have become her "family," as she frequently references them...they even say her name! Yet she may as well be living with a stranger, for she treats Montag as if he exists solely to buy her a 4th wall, to complete her viewing experience. So, she has swapped true contact for a shallow, meaningless facsimile.

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