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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

7) Why does Mrs. Phelps cry when Montag reads aloud the poem?

Mrs. Phelps likely cries when Montag reads aloud the poem “The Sea of Faith” because the poem tells of a dark, ignorant society that is similar to their own. Mrs. Phelps, like Mildred and Mrs. Bowles, has never actually reflected on how meaningless their lives are. To hear a poem that so plainly derides the way they live is enough to bring Mrs. Phelps to tears. Her tears may signal feelings of deep sorrow that her life is so empty, a resentment that she is feeling judged by Montag and the poem, or a combination of both emotions.