Fahrenheit 451

Clarisse McClellan Character Analysis

Montag's teenaged neighbor. She is unlike anyone Montag has met before. She has no interest in the violent, thrill-seeking pastimes of her peers. She prefers to walk, engage in conversation, observe the natural world, and observe people. Her questioning, free spirit starts Montag thinking about his own life and his place in society.

Clarisse McClellan Quotes in Fahrenheit 451

The Fahrenheit 451 quotes below are all either spoken by Clarisse McClellan or refer to Clarisse McClellan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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"Are you happy?"
Related Characters: Clarisse McClellan (speaker), Guy Montag
Page Number: 7
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"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Related Characters: Clarisse McClellan (speaker), Guy Montag
Page Number: 21
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"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Related Characters: Clarisse McClellan (speaker), Guy Montag
Page Number: 26
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Clarisse McClellan Character Timeline in Fahrenheit 451

The timeline below shows where the character Clarisse McClellan appears in Fahrenheit 451. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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As he walks home, Montag encounters a teenage girl standing alone. She introduces herself as Clarisse McClellan, a new neighbor, and asks if she can walk home with him. She notes... (full context)
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Clarisse says that in her family people actually walk places, in contrast to people in their... (full context)
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On his way to work, Montag meets Clarisse again. She is walking in the rain, tasting the raindrops and holding dandelions. She applies... (full context)
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Clarisse tells Montag that she thinks it's strange that he's a fireman, since other firemen won't... (full context)
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After Clarisse leaves, Montag opens his mouth to taste the raindrops while he walks to work. (full context)
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For the next week, Montag sees Clarisse every day. They have conversations about their friendship, about children, about the smell of old... (full context)
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...suicide by setting the Mechanical Hound to his own chemical fingerprint. And then, one day, Clarisse is not there to walk him to the subway when he goes to work. (full context)
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...Mildred responds that the McClellans moved out four days ago. She adds that the girl (Clarisse) was run over by a car and killed. (full context)
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Montag asks about Clarisse, and Beatty reveals that he'd been keeping an eye on the McClellan family for some... (full context)
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...together. Montag wants to understand why someone like Beatty would be afraid of someone like Clarisse. Montag and Mildred sit on the floor and start reading. (full context)
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As the neighbors come out to watch, Montag glances toward Clarisse's empty house. Beatty notices and mocks Montag for being influenced by her nonsense. Mildred runs... (full context)
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...turns out to be joyriding teenagers. He wonders if they're the same kids who killed Clarisse. Continuing in darkness, he sneaks into the house of another fireman, hides his books in... (full context)
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...stumbles across a railroad track. As he walks along the track, he feels certain that Clarisse once walked the same route. (full context)
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...the explosion knocks the men down. As he huddles against the ground, Montag thinks of Clarisse, already dead, Faber, on a bus to another annihilated city, and Mildred, whom he imagines... (full context)