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Character Comparison

FHT451-IALYLY

Consider the differences between Mildred and Clarisse. How is one a threat to the ideas presented in Fahrenheit 451 and the other an ideal example of a Fahrenheit 451 character?

A

Mildred is a vengeful character and Clarisse is compassionate. In their world, war is valued and thus, Mildred's penchant for violence makes her an ideal citizen.

B

Clarisse is a curious and spontaneous person who enjoys thinking and intellectual stimulation. Mildred distracts herself with substance-less technology to avoid thinking, which was the reason why books were replaced by TV.

C

Mildred helps burn books and Clarisse helps preserve them. Mildred is an ideal character because she follows the government's instructions and never breaks the law.

D

Mildred is married and Clarisse is not. Being single is looked down upon by most characters in Fahrenheit 451.

E

Clarisse is beautiful and Mildred, we are told, is not very good-looking. Physical appearance is valued beyond all other attributes in Fahrenheit 451.