Fahrenheit 451 Part 1 Responses
1. The significance of Montag seeing his reflection in Clarisse’s eyes is that it shows that Clarisse is different. She is special. In this dystopia that Ray Bradbury has made, Clarisse is the one unique part of the society, the “flaw.” 2. In the childhood memory that Clarisse caused Montag to recall, Montag was a child and the power went out in his house. Montag’s mother had lit a candle. He found an “hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions and drew comfortably around them,” and both mother and son transformed, hoping that the power doesn’t come back on. 3. The two mannerisms, of Montag, that Clarisse pointed out were that Montag laughs at the things she says, regardless of if they’re funny or not, and that he doesn't take a few minutes or some amount of time to think before answering her questions. 4. The Mclellans were looked at as peculiar because they would do things such as leave all the lights open in their house, stay up, and talk with eachother. Clarisse’s uncle would often get jailed for doing something “wrong” and against the law. 5. Clarisse asks Montag, “Are you happy?” and this is significant because this question loops in Montag’s head for the rest of the book. This question sparks this so-called “revolution” in Montag’s head. 6. The extended metaphor that describes Clarisse through Montag’s eyes when he went inside his home was, “She had a very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in a dark room in the middle of a night when you waken to see the time and see the clock telling you the hour and the minute and the second, with a white silence and a glowing, all certainty and knowing what it has to tell of the night passing swiftly on toward further darknesses but moving also toward a new sun.” 7. Clarisse is inquisitive and thoughtful, and, at first, seems to irritate Montag because she challenges his beliefs with her questioning. In a...
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