Fahrenheit 451

Why does Montag read "Dover Beach" aloud to them, and how do they react? Why do you think they act this way? Find proof to support your opinion.


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Montag attempts to break through the superficiality of the women’s world. He proceeds to read a poem, Dover Beach, to the three uncomfortable women. When he is finished, Mrs. Phelps is crying, though she cannot explain why, and Mrs. Bowles is angry with Montag for bringing about trouble. Mildred tries to calm the group, but the women are quite shaken and leave. Montag criticizes them as they go, telling them to think about the quality of their lives. Mildred goes to the bathroom to take some sleeping pills.