Fahrenheit 451

What does clarisse say people talk about? What are some examples of representative conversations throughout the book?

Fahrenheit 451 Part 1 The Hearth and The Salamander

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Clarrise says that people really don't talk anymore. The government does not like the free exchange of ideas. This is why things like porches were no longer built. If people do talk it is about subjects of little consequence. They talk about superficial things void of any real meaning.

Clarisse says that conversation is non-existent. She cites that people don't take the time to see the things around them, that everyone moves too fast, and that everyone is always in a hurry. Thus, there's no conversation because no one has anything new or important to say.

Clarisse has only ever had a conversation with one person outside of her home, and that would be Montag. Anyone she's ever attempted to befriend has ignored her or become hostile with her.

"The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me."


Fahrenheit 451

She also says that she imagines people driving so fast that they would only talk about the colours that they see as they whiz around; they, however, wouldn't be able to discuss what the details of the items are because they drive way too fast. I think this represents the superficiality that most conversations have throughout the book.