Theme Of Madness In Fahrenheit 451

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Clarisse appears “insane” to the rest of the populace of Fahrenheit 451 because she is curious about her surroundings, but she finds Montag, a model citizen and fireman, odd in that he seems not to think about what he has been told and reacts instead of thinking on Clarisse’s comments. The fact that Montag couldn’t remember if he knew about dew, and the fact that Clarisse almost automatically assumes he wouldn’t know upon their first meeting, is evidence to the fact that typical citizens don’t think, whether wandering alone or talking to others. Because citizens are unthinking, they are very impressionable and easily controlled. While individual thought and intuition are necessary in everyday life, here they seem to be almost unheard of and highly discouraged. It would only take a charismatic individual to march in and take control of the entire country while its citizens would think nothing of it, just as they have been taught. This unquestioning acceptance reminds me of The Giver, in which the government has removed all memories from the community and assigns every individual’s job, spouse, and kids. Because they possess only shallow emotions and basic thought, the population is easily controlled and complies with all rules set by the Elders. Montag arrives home to his wife lying on her bed, unconscious from overdosing on sleeping pills. When he calls and asks for professional assistance, they instead send two handymen, who insist this type of job is so

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