Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
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13) Why don’t the characters in Fahrenheit 451 want to have children?

The fact that most characters in the novel, including Mildred and Montag, don’t want children is another example of the dearth of interpersonal relationships and the level of people’s vanity and self-centeredness. Mrs. Phelps describes children as “ruinous,” and Mrs. Bowles says she would only have her children by Caesarean section, claiming that a baby is not worth “going through all that agony.” Taking care of children would take away from the vapid activities with which people fill their days.