Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
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11) Why can’t Montag and Mildred remember how they met?

The fact that a married couple who has been together for ten years can’t remember when or where they met shows the indifference to the past and to relationships that most people in the Fahrenheit 451 society have. In fact, their society with its ban on books and emphasis on being constantly distracted seems to be designed to prevent relationships from deepening and holding more meaning than a superficial bond. In addition, Mildred is more concerned with being constantly entertained and keeping up with her television “family” than thinking about her own husband and her memories with him. When they try to remember their past together, Mildred avoids the stress and pain of the topic by stating, “It doesn’t matter” and then going into the bathroom to swallow several pills. It is only when Montag sees the city destroyed and he pictures Mildred’s death that he remembers they met in Chicago.