Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
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6) What happens to Clarisse?

A few weeks after Montag meets Clarisse, she disappears. Mildred later tells Montag that Clarisse was run over and killed by a car and that her family moved away. Clarisse’s death could have been an accident by the joyriding teenagers Clarisse admitted she was scared of. In fact, Montag even believes as much when he is run down by a car full of teenagers later in the novel. Readers might also wonder if Clarisse was intentionally killed after Beatty taunts Montag about his friendship with Clarisse, saying, “Oh, no! You weren't fooled by that little idiot’s routine, now, were you? Flowers, butterflies, leaves, sunsets, oh, hell! It’s all in her file . . . Look at that sick look on your face. A few grass blades and the quarters of the moon. What trash. What good did she ever do with all that?”