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Importance of Mildred

 

delia r #87779
Apr 07, 2009 4:42 PM

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Importance of Mildred

Importance of Mildred

Mildred and Montag do not 'love' each other, but Montag still repeats Mildred's name over and over in his head. Why does he do this? Montag says... God Bless you Millie, or something like that. WHY does he say that? She was the reason he is a fugitive, because she called the firemen. Mildred is frightening in a way, she never stops watching the TV and she does not like to talk to Montag about things, like when Montag was reading to her she did not want to engage in the conversations. She even tried to commit suicide. After all this... Montag STILL feels bad for her. He does not 'miss' her, so he says when talking to Granger. WHY does Montag STILL want her to live!?

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annie m #87775
Apr 08, 2009 4:29 PM

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I think Montag still wanted her to live because he is a nice guy, they were married and he might of loved her. He did say that he wouldn't be sad if she died, but he still cared if she died. He probably thinks that she wasn't trying to commit suicide. He kept telling himself that she just took two pills and forgot and took two pills and forgot. He kept trying to make her better. He trusted that she would keep the books a secret, but he kind of had to trust her because she felt the book underneath his pillow. He knew she was slipping. He saw her keep looking at the parlor and pacing around. He heard her say it was a bad idea. He knew she was burning the books. He made the wrong choice about who to trust when he read poetry to the ladies. He blesses her in the end because she made him a fugitive. He is happy now he is with people who love books too and are nice to him. Mildred made him be with granger. She was a crucial part of the story. She pulled the fire alarm and made him survive the bomb, she saved his life. No wonder he is blessing her. She saved his life, but doesn't know it. He knows it though. That is why he wants her to live.
 

delia r #87779
Apr 08, 2009 5:27 PM

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Yes, I totally agree with you now that you put it our there. Mildred saved Montag’s life in a way... but I still do not think he 'loves' her. Mildred saved Montag’s life, but she still paid the price of her own life. Although she does not know, she was a 'hero' in a way and yet she still was kind of creepy. Montag is such an interesting character because he wants to be so kind-hearted: trying to believe Mildred is good and wishes her luck, like you said… Montag blesses her. Again, when Montag said to him self... God bless you Millie; or something like that.

you know it only has to be three sentences or more. :)
 

annie m #87775
Apr 09, 2009 5:03 PM

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I'm glad i helped you understand Mildred she is a very interesting chacter. SO best of luck on whatever you needed this information for.
Also youir post was really long too.

By the was this doesn't count as one of my three posts.
 

avienne s #87811
Apr 13, 2009 8:04 AM

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i agree with annie m. I think that Montag in his head keeps trying to make mildred seem like a better person, so that he can stay with her. As annie m said Montag is a really great guy, and i think that he doesnt want to hurt anyone in anyway.He knows that mildred has hurt herself before, and will hurt herself again(most likely if the story continued past the ending), and so by breaking her heart, it would just influence her to try and commit suicide again. So i think that montag really does have some compasion for her still, just not as much as he had when he married her. So i think the main purpose of mildred may be to show how nice and different Montag is compared to the rest of the characters in their society.
 

julia k #88669
Apr 14, 2009 3:20 PM

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You have to remember that Mildred is Montag's wife. It becomes apparent to us through the way Mildred's friends talk about their husbands that being married doesn't exactly have much meaning or depth. Montag seems old fashioned in that sense, because he does hold his marriage at the same high standard we do today. When he tells Mildred about his collection of books, it hardly crosses his mind that she might tell on him. When you love someone you always want to hope for the best in them and i think this is what Montag always did, such as when Mildred tried to commit suicide. He must have known deep down that's what she was trying to do, but even then, he wanted to convince himself otherwise. When he tells Granger he won't miss her this is probably true, but there is a difference between missing someone that is alive and safe, and missing someone because they are gone forever, and never coming back. The last reason Montag would want Mildred to live is because he is a good person, and while he won't miss her and is upset at her for all she did to him, he doesn't want her to actually die. He would be fine if he never saw her again, but to go as far as wishing death upon her is not something even Montag would say was right.
 

marie s #89255
Apr 19, 2009 4:07 PM

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3) I agree that Montag is defiantly too good of a person to want to wish anything harmful to anybody. I believe he feels sorry for her because he probably feels like she has no mind of her own. She is always listening to what the seashell tells her and it seems like she feels her 'family' is more important to her than he is. You can see his reaction to the ‘family’ repeatedly through out the novel and it is very clear of his distaste towards it. But like Annie said he kept trying to make her a better person than what she was. He wanted to believe that she would change eventually if he kept trying hard enough. Even though the readers can tell that she isn’t trustful from the start and that she won’t change, he pushes those thoughts aside and hopes for the best. I believe he had a little compassion towards her since he kept trying to believe she was better than she really was. I don’t think he loved her but I think he felt a little bit of feelings toward her. When you ask why he wants her to live it’s because he obviously doesn’t want to wish death on her, she was his wife and again like Annie said she sort of saved him. He was able to join a group of people that loved and admired books like he did because she pulled the alarm. There are a few other factors of why he didn’t want her to die but here were a few. I hope it helped!
 

nicky c #87777
Apr 19, 2009 8:43 PM

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I think that Mildred resembles the coldness that Montag feels when he's in the bedroom and that she's important because she gives the readers an idea of the kind of people that Montag is living with and that she's necesary in understanding what type of community Montag lives in.
 

lynn c #89759
Apr 21, 2009 3:19 PM

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I think Montag still cares for Millie because he is a compassionate person, and having Mildred in the novel shows that. Even though he does not "love" her, and she doesn't exactly care for him either, he still cares about her. I think he also sort of feels responsible for her because she doesn't exactly have a mind of her own. She is totally submerged in the swirl of technology that the government has created, and she obviously cannot be held responsible for much (I make this conclusion from the fact that she almost killed herself in the start of the novel). But despite all these reasons we have listed, Montag didn't want her to die because he is naturally compassionate.
 

emily f #98567
Jul 08, 2009 6:20 PM

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I think he cares about her because she is a big part in why he eventually wakes up. He has someone to compare Clarisse to directly, and she helps him see why the books are so important, and why his society needs them. Her and her friends are the direct result of taking the books away and drowning everone in media. He feels sorry for her in a way, because she doesn't feel, doesn't make choices. can you blame her for turning him in? Could she have made any other decision? She was brainwashed, and Montag knew it. I think he knew it wasn't her fault. It's like trying to stay mad at a child when you know they didn't know any better. She represented everyone he felt he needed to save, and so he wanted her to live, and he wanted her blessed, because he wanted that for everyone, and to him, they were all the same.
 

emily f #98567
Jul 08, 2009 6:39 PM

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I love how everyone says "montag is a good person, compassionate person, he doesn't want her to die because he's too good" Hello! He murdered Beatty! He had Beatty's house burned down just because he wanted Beatty's wife to suffer. Beatty was dead, why punish his wife too? He may have been a "good" person, but that's not why he didn't want her to die. Millie was the REASON he killed Beatty, why would he not want her dead too?
 

emily f #98567
Jul 08, 2009 6:39 PM

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I love how everyone says "montag is a good person, compassionate person, he doesn't want her to die because he's too good" Hello! He murdered Beatty! He had Beatty's house burned down just because he wanted Beatty's wife to suffer. Beatty was dead, why punish his wife too? He may have been a "good" person, but that's not why he didn't want her to die. Millie was the REASON he killed Beatty, why would he not want her dead too if he felt the need to kill Beatty? Because of my previous mentioned reasons.
 

emily f #98567
Jul 08, 2009 6:41 PM

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BECAUSE: I think he cares about her because she is a big part in why he eventually wakes up. He has someone to compare Clarisse to directly, and she helps him see why the books are so important, and why his society needs them. Her and her friends are the direct result of taking the books away and drowning everone in media. He feels sorry for her in a way, because she doesn't feel, doesn't make choices. can you blame her for turning him in? Could she have made any other decision? She was brainwashed, and Montag knew it. I think he knew it wasn't her fault. It's like trying to stay mad at a child when you know they didn't know any better. She represented everyone he felt he needed to save, and so he wanted her to live, and he wanted her blessed, because he wanted that for everyone, and to him, they were all the same.
 

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