The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams And Montag Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
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The Powerful Impact of Memories
Everyone is affected differently by memories. Some choose to dwell on the past and often struggle in their present lives, while other let memories inspire them to make improvements in their current lives. Amanda and Laura from “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and Beatty and Montag Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, choose to allow memories to positively or negatively dictate their lives.
Montag from Fahrenheit 451 is motivated to make improvements in his society and personal life when he recalls positive memories. When Montag is watching the destruction of what was once his home he remembers where he met his wife. “I remember. Montag clung to the earth. I remember. Chicago. Chicago a long time ago. Millie and I. That’s where we met! I remember now. Chicago. A long time ago.” (Bradbury, pg. 153). This remembrance of a happy time brings hope to Montag. This helps him find peace in a time of trouble. The memory of meeting Mildred in Chicago motivates Montag to continue on his journey. Upon one of his first encounters with Clarisse, Montag recalls a time during his childhood when the power went out. His mother lit a candle and they both sat around it. “As a child, in a power failure, his mother had found and lit the last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions…” (pg. 5). Montag enjoyed the time with the power out. The candle was a simple item the once brought