In Fahrenheit 451, how does life in Montag's house differ from Clarisse's house?

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In Montag's house, the wall television is the main focus.  When he comes home, it is on and that is all that Mildred is concerned with.  She hopes to buy the fourth wall television and she rambles on about having a part in a play that is on TV. She lives to be entertained and taken away from the real world with which she has no connection beyond friends who are just like her and share her interest in TV.  She has no thoughts in her head beyond what is on television.  In Clarisse's house, people talk with one another and share ideas and thoughts.  Clarisse tells Montag this when they first meet early in the story. When Clarisse tells Montag that her family talks, he exclaims in wonderment, "What do you talk about?" because talking with one another is such a rare occurrence.  At another meeting between Clarisse and Montag, he tells Clarisse that even though she is nearly half his wife's age, Clarisse seems so much older. Clarisse is much more of a person than Mildred who is little more than a robot because Mildred doesn't think or experience much in life.

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How was life at Montag’s house very different from that of Clarisse‘s house?

Montag and Clarisse have drastically different lives when they initially meet at the beginning of the novel. Life in Montag's home is mundane, unexciting, and routine. Mildred spends the majority of her time watching her loud, meaningless interactive television shows on her parlor walls while Montag sits idly by and remains silent. Montag's home is also dark, and there are no signs of life, which is typical in Bradbury's dystopian society. He rarely has conversations with Mildred, and their marriage suffers. In contrast, Clarisse's home is well lit, and one can tell from the street that people are awake inside doing something. When Montag asks Clarisse what is going on in her home, she tells him that her family is having a conversation. Something as simple as having a discussion and enjoying family time is unheard of in their society. Clarisse comes from an introspective, curious family that enjoys learning, having conversations, and experiencing nature. After having several enlightening conversations with Clarisse, Montag begins to analyze his meaningless, superficial life and wishes to make a change.

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In Fahrenheit 451, how is the value of life in Montag's house very different from Clarisse?

Clarisse is full of life, questions, and curiosity. The value of life or "liveliness" in Montag's house is quite low. In fact, the liveliest thing in Montag's house is not Montag and Millie; it is the television shows on the parlor walls. The atmosphere in Montag's and Millie's house is cold, drab, and lifeless. Clarisse notes that she rarely watches the parlor walls; she'd rather spend her time outside, thinking, or talking. Clarisse notices things Montag and Millie don't even think about, such as the smell of old leaves. This is just one example which shows how Clarisse is interested in life while Montag and Millie are complacent with being sedated by their passive lifestyles. This idea of a sedated lifestyle has a literal correlation in that Millie takes sleeping pills and overdoses early in the novel.

The contrast between Montag's encounters with Clarisse and his life in his own house is shown early in the novel. After his first meeting with Clarisse, Montag reflects on the experience.

What incredible power of identification the girl had; she was like the eager watcher of a marionette show, anticipating each flicker of an eyelid, each gesture of the hand, each flick of a finger, the moment before it began.

A few sentences later, Montag's house is described as he opens the bedroom door to find Mildred passed out. This description immediately follows his lively encounter with Clarisse and presents the stark contrast between the two situations.

It was like coming into the cold marbled room of a mausoleum after the moon has set. Complete darkness, not a hint of the silver world outside, the windows tightly shut, the chamber a tomb-world where no sound from the great city could penetrate.

Note how Clarisse is described with attributes such as curiosity, awareness, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail. Montag's bedroom is described like a tomb.

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