Fahrenheit 451

Clarisse describes a past that Montag has never known: one with front porches, gardens, and rocking chairs. What do these items have in common, and how might their removal have encouraged Montag's repressive society?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Part l

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Rocking chairs, porches, and gardens all have one thing in common; they afford the time to think, and reflect. Clarisse talks about her uncle and how he used to sit on his porch and talk to neighbours. Ideas were exchanged and life was put into meaningful context. These activities encouraged families to interact. Gardening helped people become part of nature. Removing these pastimes from society makes people isolated and alone. People rely on vacuous entertainment which renders lives meaningless and without meaningful context.