What if there was a society where knowledge was feared and looked down upon? A society where someone who is intellectual is absolutely abandoned? In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, a character that depicts the norm of this wrecked humanity would have to be Mildred Montag. Mildred is the brittle, sickly looking wife of the main character, Guy Montag. Mildred, being the status-quo for the broken society in which the novel takes place, has a role necessary to make the novel tie together smoothly. Bradbury must show that society is distant, obsessive and reckless through Mildred.
Mildred is completely distant and obsessed throughout the story. She is absolutely engulfed with her radio or television through the entirety of the novel. “Without turning on the light he imagined what the room would look like…And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind. The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning.”(p.12). Before even turning on the light, Montag knows what the room will look like. This shows that Mildred in persistent in her obsession with the radio and that she is lost in the sound waves every night when Montag comes home from work. In conclusion, Mildred’s obsession is the cause of her distance.
Another trait that Bradbury must show the reader is selfishness. Mildred displays her selfishness throughout the novel. Her selfishness is shown because Bradbury is making the statement that since Mildred is being portrayed as the status-quo; all of the “normal” citizens must be just as conceited as she is. “She's nothing to me; she shouldn't have had books. It was her responsibility, she should have thought of that. I hate her. She's got you going and the next thing you know we'll be out, no house, no job, no...
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