Although the movie did show that Mildred was able to support her children on her own, it also showed that having a husband with her at all times would have added the stability it once had before. The beginning of the flashback was around the time Mildred learned of Bert’s affair, so we only saw what happened after their marriage ended. It seemed that the Pierce family lived the ordinary life of every middle class family without any problems. The problems only started after Bert left. Another message that the movie tries to give viewers is the importance of family values. Throughout the movie, Veda is often disrespectful towards Mildred, which leads to Mildred making more rash decisions such as buying her a car. Mildred tried using her money to solve the problems that her and Veda had. The movie was showing that if Veda had any morals and values for her family that Mildred would not constantly try to please her by making wrong decisions. This is how Mildred Pierce showed us that the perfect way to live is to have a complete family with strong family values.
English 2 Honors Period 4 Chelcie Tjoeng 1. Title of Work: Fahrenheit 451 2. Author and Date Written: Ray Bradbury; 1953 ???? 3. Country of Author: Illinois, USA 4. Characters: Major: Guy Montag- (protagonist; determined) Guy Montag, an unhappy, conceited man, has been a fireman for ten years. He meets Clarisse and finds that her perspective on life and the world is imaginative. He then suddenly realizes the emptiness of his life and starts to find a way for meaning in the books that was supposed to be burnt.
Clarisse makes Guy Montag open his mind up to new things. Clarisse asks Guy Montag a question that is very simple yet very deep. The question she asks him is simply “Are you happy?” This question inspires Guy to think about his life and how he can change it. Once Montag gets home he finds his wife Mildred looking lifeless, his wife had tried to commit suicide. It made him think more about Clarisse’s question of “Are you happy?” The next morning when Montag and Mildred had awoke, Mildred did not remember her attempted suicide. His wife’s attempted suicide made him think more about his life and the events of his life so far. Montag tries to understand why Clarisse questions the ways of their society and acts the way she does. Montag does not understand why Clarisse asks herself why. Montag begins to question the society he lives in because of Clarisse’s question. Montag ask a coworker about what firemen use to do in their job in the past. His fireman coworkers tell him to remember the rule book and that they were given the job they do now for a reason. The firehouse gets a call to go burn down another house that contains books, it is Mrs. Black’s house. When they arrive the light of the fire had already started from the burning of her house and books. Mrs. Black decided to stay in her house with her burning books and die. Montag wonders why
First MIldred is self-centered by the way she acts and how society has been built. In a conversation between her and Montag on page 46, Montag asks, “Will you bring asprin and water?” Mildred responds “You’ve got to get up. Its afternoon. You’ve slept five hours later then usual.”Also on page 48 Montag asks, “Mildred how would it be if, well, maybe i quit my job awhile?” She exctanted, “You want to give up everything? After all these years of working, because, one night, some women and her books!” In these two examples from the novel you can take away that Mildred doesn’t care about what her husband, a fireman, is going through after a ruff night at work. She wants him to work to get another wall for the pallor. Maybe in society has taken away
However, Mildred does not completely free herself of all familial responsibilities as she is still held captive through her obsession with her daughter Veda. As with many housewives, her sense of self-identity is drawn from her role as a mother and she caters to the desires of her daughter to the point that they are almost self-destructive. It is Veda’s extravagant tastes that drive her mother to work hard and draws resources away from her business ultimately resulting in its collapse. Moreover, Mildred must deal with the lack of gratitude and outright contempt that she receives from her own daughter for working in a “blue collar” job.
Ray Bradbury uses the static characters of Clarisse and Mildred to illustrate that Guy Montag is not happy in his 1953 book Fahrenheit 451. Even though Clarisse and Mildred are two very different characters in the novel, with very different personalities and ideas, both are clear examples of a static
How Society made Mildred Can society strongly change a person’s view on things around them? Society affects whether it’s how people spend their money, dress, or what music they listen to. Society can change a person positively or negatively.
Mildred keeps herself busy by watching television all day, and refers to the characters as her family. The dialogue of the shows is simple yet interactive, requiring Mildred to provide generic answers like “yes, something must be done” (Bradbury 42) - which compel no emotion or effort. By constantly watching this mind-numbing television she is not living life, and is not thinking for herself. In reality, the television parlor tells her what to
Clarisse has a real family that talks to each other. Mildred thinks of the TV characters in the parlor room as her family.
As a third generation fireman, he makes his living by burning books and the “fireproof” houses they are hidden in. Montag believes himself happy and fulfilled with his job until a seventeen year old girl named Clarissa starts making him question his role in life. His wife has grown to love the TV’s in his living room more than him. He goes to work, eats dinner, and goes to bed in an endless cycle with no promising conclusion or resolution. The facade he carefully constructed for himself was like a matchstick house and quickly went up in smoke once he realized the lunacy of his situation and the world’s plight. His new found individualism and curiosity grows even more when he is confronted by a women’s suicide and Clarisse’s sudden death. He revolts, reads the books he has secretly been hoarding, and ends up being forced to burn his home to the ground along with most of his collected books. He ends up losing his wife, murdering his mentor, and running for his life from a mechanized hound with a lethal injection syringe in in
(SIP-A) Character's develope lack of ability to understand how to love and support one another. (STEWE-1) Mildred is so stuck up on this idea, that the characters on the tv show are her real and true family. She spends most of her time in the parlor with them, a lot more time than she spends with Montag. So he asks her, “Millie, does’ he licked his lips, ‘does your ‘family’ love you, love you very much, love you with all their heart and soul, Millie?” (Bradbury 73). This relates back to how the characters are incapable of expressing real love towards each other, due to the technology, or in this case the television. (STEWE-2) When Montag and Beatty are talking in the end of the novel, Beatty uses his words to manipulate Montag into burning his own house. Montag falls for the trap but before the damage is done, Mildred pulls the alarm on Montag. This means she has to get out of the house and go somewhere else, somewhere without her “family”. So as Montag is in trouble, Mildred walks by and mutters something. “The front door opened; Mildred came down the steps, running, one suitcase held like a dreamlike clenching rigidity in her fist … She shoved the valise in the waiting beetle, climbed in, and sat mumbling, “Poor family, poor family, oh everything gone, everything gone, everything gone now …” (Bradbury 108). This
Using the character of Guy Montag a firefighter with an unhappy home life, undertakes a quest to solve why his life has become so miserable. It all begins with the simple innocent interactions with the young neighbor girl, Clarisse when
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Mildred Pierce is a woman that's tied down by the social norms of the 30s where women have to be attached to a man in order to be anything or have anything. Women at the time don't really have a chance in the workplace. They were expected to be housewives and attended their husbands wants and needs and take care of the family while the men did all the work and provided for the family. It was a rare occurrence to see a woman working because that meant she was either single, divorced, widowed, or were abandoned by their husband. Mildred was a married woman that had an unemployed cheating husband. Whom she kicked out and was left alone to support her two children on her own. As the story progresses, we see the approaches that Mildred takes in order to find a way to either get money or make herself financially stable. As advised by her neighbor Mildred first tries to find a suitable suitor that may help her become financially stable. During that time if women couldn't find a job there first option was to find a husband and remarry in order to help them be financially stable.