The Dead Relationship of Montag and Mildred
In Ray Bradbury’s book, Fahrenheit 451, Montag realizes the value of his happiness and begins to question his surroundings and his relationship with Mildred, his wife. This happens after sharing a conversation with Clarisse. The self-inquiry of his happiness is raised by the perceptive seventeen year old girl who happens to run into him on a her night stroll as Montag was making his way home from work. At first, he laughs at the questions, thinking of her as silly until he reaches home. It is then that he begins to comprehend what was being asked about him and sees the situation as it is and how the image of himself is reflected from Clarisse. Bradbury’s use of literary devices enforces the fact that the relationship between Montag and Mildred is dead. The imagery used by Bradbury displays the fact that he himself has becomes more insightful about his environment. As he steps into his bedroom after thinking about whether he’s truly happy or not his senses become heightened. He notices the room to be enveloped in darkness as he says that the “complete darkness” is with “not a hint of the silver world outside”. He also states that the room is a “chamber” and “a tomb world where no sound from the great city would penetrate. He makes it seem as though he is alone in the room, but his wife is sleeping quietly a short distance away from him. Little details such as these uncover the fact that he is not content with his life and even though he is married to Mildred, their relationship seems to be deficient of intimacy. The diction Bradbury uses sets a tone of misery and discontentment. Words that were used such as “mausoleum”, “chamber”, and “tomb” echoes the voice of someone who is trapped and unable to escape. This implies that even though Mildred should play a big part in Guy’s happiness, she isn’t. It also reveals the fact that their relationship is dry - it lacks livelihood and energy in comparison to a normal...
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