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Clarisse's main role in the novel is to function as a catalyst for Montag's reassessment of pretty much everything. Clarisse is a breath of life in a world gone stale. She is an anomaly that helps break him out of his trance-like state induced by methodical state-run brainwashing. Everything about Clarisse is different from her enlightened manner, to her attractive youth to he family who actually talks to each other. Consequently, Clarisse doesn't fit into the vapid superficiality of the youth at school.