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Fahrenheight 451. Montags view on the world changed most drastically after Clarisses death.

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Prompt 3 Life, Death, and Feeling Clarisse changed Montag from when they first met, to when he discovered how Clarisse died. Beatty had said, ?I must be going. Lecture?s over. I hope I?ve clarified things. The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we?re the Happiness Boys, the Dixie Duo, you and I and the others.? (65) Montag would never have criticized Beatty?s lecture if had not met Clarisse. After meeting her, Montag was more thoughtful when she was alive, yet angry and extreme when he discovered how she died. Although Clarisse and Montag may seem like an unlikely duo, their contrast helped spark thought and consciousness. Clarisse?s ideas and brief history intrigued Montag, and led him to the brink of insanity over the flaws of society and its people. Clarisse was an integral part of Montag?s transformation. Although Clarisse was necessary in order for Montag undergo his transformation, her life and death were also significant parts of his transformation. ...read more.


During this time, Montag gathered information, and began communicating with Faber. In the beginning of the book, Montag mentioned an old man he met with a year ago. In his bedroom, he reflected on his conversation with Clarisse. He thought ?What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked . . . ? (14) The man he referred to was Faber, and after meeting Clarisse, Montag made a connection between the two people. In addition, Clarisse?s physical features stuck with Montag, which helped him remember her. Montag was thinking, ?He glanced back at the wall. How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light back to you?? (15) As he thought about her and what she had said, his view on the world changed forever. ...read more.


His belief in her ideas is depicted in this quote. Montag stood up to Beatty, ?He opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McClellan saying ?Didn?t firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going???(38) This relates to modern society in many ways. Around the world, there are people who are less fortunate than we are. Some who live in the Middle East, parts of Africa, and South America face a great deal of challenges including lack of food, no shelter, and no healthcare. The ideas in this book, change and awareness, can be applied today as well. We, individually, do not have enough money, resources, power, or influence to make in impact on these people?s lives. But if we make ourselves and others aware of these issues facing our brethren in other parts of the world, we can truly make a difference and change some bad habits in our society. Montag?s transformation and conflict with society was obviously the driving force of the book, but the driving force behind his transformation was Clarisse McClellan and her life and death. ...read more.

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