How do teenagers in Fahrenheit 451 typically amuse themselves?

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Typical teenagers in Fahrenheit 451 amuse themselves by bullying people, driving at high speeds, breaking objects, consuming mindless entertainment, playing physical sports, and harming other people. Essentially, typical teenagers in the story enjoy any risk-taking, dangerous activity which gives them a thrill.

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In Bradbury's dystopian society, typical teenagers are depicted as ruthless, careless adolescents who enjoy dangerous, risk-taking activities and have no concern for others. In part 1, Montag meets his intuitive teenage neighbor Clarrise McClellan. Clarisse is different from her peers and explains to Montag that she is labeled antisocial in school because she does not conform to society's superficial standards. She then elaborates on her experience in school, which consists of TV class, extensive recreation time, and transcription history. Clarisse goes on to tell Montag that the school administrators and teachers run the students so ragged that they can't do anything but go to bed or engage in deleterious acts.

Clarisse says that her peers enjoy going to the Fun Park to bully people around, breaking windowpanes in the "Window Smasher place," or wrecking cars in the "Car Wrecker place" with the big steel ball. According to Clarisse, typical teenagers also enjoy racing cars at high speeds and playing "chicken" or "knock hub-caps," which are extremely dangerous activities. She also mentions that every teenager she knows is either shouting, dancing, or fighting, which underscores their hostile, uncivilized culture. Clarisse then tells Montag that it is commonplace for teenagers to kill each other or die at a young age. Tragically, Clarisse is killed in a car accident, which more than likely involved reckless teenagers driving at high speeds. A group of teenagers also tries to run Montag over in part 3 when he attempts to cross a boulevard. Overall, teenagers in Bradbury's dystopian society amuse themselves by breaking things, bullying people, harming each other, and driving at high speeds.

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Teenagers watch television on the parlor walls just as adults do and go to Fun Parks. Clarisse tells Montag that the schools:

run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lamp-posts, playing 'chicken' and 'knock hub-caps.'

Clarisse also informs Montag that teenagers have gotten violent and kill each other, which scares her.

Beatty confirms what Clarisse says, saying schools promote mediocrity as the way to happiness and encourage shallow pleasures, such as going to clubs and parties or watching acrobats. It is a world of sex, heroin, parties, and going to unsatisfying films and plays. Beatty approves of this.

Although Beatty contends that schools that don't teach them to think or ask questions makes teens happier, what both he and Clarisse describe is an empty, barren world of superficial entertainment that has left teenagers so bored and angry that they turn to destructive, high risk activities just to feel alive.

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To answer this question, we can refer to one of the conversations Montag has with Clarisse shortly before her death.

In the conversation, Montag asks Clarisse why she doesn't attend school; Clarisse answers that she has been classified as anti-social and that she doesn't feel as if she fits into an environment where students are expected to absorb information without benefit of discourse. She complains to Montag that most students are so bogged down with copious amounts of seemingly useless information that it is all they can do to survive their school days.

In their free time, the young people focus on letting off steam rather than on indulging in constructive hobbies. For example, Clarisse relates that most of her fellow students either go to bed after a long day at school, go to the Fun Park to pick on strangers, break windows in the Window Smasher booth, or wreck cars with a wrecking ball at the Car Wrecker venue. She says that other peers often play a dangerous game of 'chicken' by racing their cars and seeing how close they can come to lamp-posts before self-correcting.

Clarisse says that she is different from her peers. She confides in Montag that she is fearful of young people her age because too many young people die at each other's hands. Also, since many of them drive irresponsibly, quite a few die in car wrecks. She herself prefers to ride the subway trains and to watch people as they come and go. Sometimes, she even enjoys riding the jet cars at the Fun Park. Although she also likes to listen in on other people's conversations at soda fountains, she is disappointed that most of them engage in very shallow conversation. The discussion ends with Clarisse complaining that all the museums carry nothing but abstract art; she relates her uncle's words about it being very different in the past. Because of her uncle's wisdom, Montag comments that he must have been a very remarkable man. Clarisse agrees with Montag, and they soon part ways.

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