Milap MistryMs. Doody1111: Period 911 December 2017 In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the teenagers described by Clarisse in the novel are similar to the teenagers in today’s society because of the meaningless conversations that teenagers have, the violence that teenagers face, and the actions that they commit after school hours. At the beginning of the novel, Clarisse states the fact that teenagers in her society have meaningless conversations with each other and how they all repeat what the others are saying. She observes that they never talk about things that have a deeper and more symbolic meaning. This can be seen in our society today because the conversations that teenagers have today center around insignificant topics like fashion and school gossip. This shows the fact that the teenagers in both today’s society and Montag’s society have been desensitized by what is happening around them that they ignore it to the point that they don’t even care about it.
Another striking similarity that can be seen between both societies is the threats of violence that teenagers face. Clarisse mentions to Montag how six of her friends were shot to death and how ten of her friends died in car wrecks. This causes her to be afraid of her peers because of how violent teenagers have become in their society. This can be seen in today’s society (on a less extreme scale) that violence has taken its toll on the lives of many teenagers.
For example, there are fights that occur everyday in schools in today’s society and some of these fights end up in the death of one of the competitors. This shows the fact that teenagers in both worlds have to face violence from their peers and some even have to face death. The last but not the least similarity seen between teenagers of both societies is the foolish actions that teenagers do after school hours.
Clarisse reveals how students in her society are so tired by the end of the school day is to “head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts” (27). This shows how school in her society breaks down the teenagers that they have to commit stupid actions for self-pleasure. This can definitely be seen in the world today because teenagers commit the same actions to kill time and boredom.