The matter of the overdose — whether an attempted suicide or a result of sheer mindlessness — is never settled.Although Montag wishes to discuss the matter of the overdose, Millie does not, and their inability to agree on even this matter suggests the profound estrangement that exists between them.
Even though Montag and Millie have been married for years, Montag realizes, after the overdose incident, that he doesn't really know much about his wife at all. In fact, all that he does know about his wife is that she is interested only in her "family" — the illusory images on her three-wall TV — and the fact that she drives their car with high-speed abandon.
He realizes that their life together is meaningless and purposeless.
After several more days of encountering Clarisse and working at the firehouse, Montag experiences two things that make him realize that he must convert his life.
The first incident is one in which he is called to an unidentified woman's house to destroy her books.
Fearing for her own safety, Millie declares that she is innocent of any wrongdoing, and she says that Montag must leave her alone.
After this confrontation with Millie, Montag entertains the idea of quitting his job, but instead, he decides to feign illness and goes to bed.
This unit was created by the Louisiana Department of Education in partnership with Learn Zillion.
It includes approximately 42 days of instructional materials including classroom-ready materials, assessments, graphic organizers, and texts.
(dreadful and oppressive) setting, people race "jet cars" down the roads as a way of terminating stress, "parlor walls" are large screens in every home used dually for entertainment and governmental propaganda, and houses have been fireproofed, thus making the job of firemen, as they are commonly known, obsolete.
However, firemen have been given a new occupation; they are burners of books and the official censors of the state.