Fahrenheit 451: Clarisse — dead or alive?

As Montag walks along the path he is, “surprised to learn how certain he suddenly was of a single fact he could not prove. Once, long ago, Clarisse had walked here, where he was walking now” (Bradbury 145).

Do you think Clarisse is alive? Why or why not? Use quotes (with MLA citations) and examples from the text to support your answer.

After posting your response (using your first name and last initial), read your classmates’ opinions and post a substantive reply to a student with an opposing viewpoint. Ask questions, present counterarguments and compliment strong points made.

2 Responses to Fahrenheit 451: Clarisse — dead or alive?

  1. Julia B. says:

    I think Clarisse is alive because her family’s moving and her dying seem more than a coincidence. In the book, it reveals, “Whole family moved out somewhere. But she’s gone for good. I think she’s dead.” (Bradbury pg.44). This implies that the family moved out and Clarisse died around the same time. This seems like more than a coincidence. In the book, Clarisse tells Montag, “My uncle was arrested another time-did I tell you?-for being a pedestrian.” (pg.7). She is aware that you can be arrested for walking on the street. Beatty did keep a track record of her and her family of false alarms, and her uncle being arrested. Beatty even states, “We know how to nip most of them in the bud, early.” (pg.58). Perhaps the family knew that, and moved to prevent them all from being arrested. Clarisse could’ve just faked her death by ducking and hiding in the center of the car, like Montag does on page 122, so the police would think she’s dead. This would let her and her family live in peace without the fear of the police or firemen killing them for their ideas. Even if she is really dead, her legacy is not for she inspired Montag to re-evaluate his life and try to change society for the better.

  2. Ronan M says:

    I believe that Clarisse did die because of what Beatty and Millie said about her death. Millie says “…she’s gone for good. I think she’s dead”. I think this shows that it is true because Millie doesn’t pay attention to much outside of the television and the Shell, so for her to say that shows that it probably actually happened. Another instance of it is when Beatty says “she is better off dead”. I think this hinted that Beatty was either involved in the death, or was merely aware of how it happened, as the government didn’t like people like her; curious and questioning individuals were seen as a threat, so it doesn’t seem unlikely that the government would stage an accident to get rid of said threat.

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