In our world, people are starting to become less and less happy because people are starting to give up on the idea of making a real connection with someone. But what happens if people fully give up on trying to make connections with people? At the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag is a fireman that thinks that everyone in this society including him is happy, but after he meets Clarrise, Mildred tries to kill herself, and he realizes he doesn't love his wife, he realizes that people in this society aren’t happy and that true happiness comes from having a real connection with someone and not just a fake one. After Montag meets his new neighbor Clarrise he starts to rethink the happiness he thought he had before he met her. …show more content…
When Montag returns home from his job he finds Mildred passed out with an empty sleeping pill bottle next to her. He calls the hospital and they send over two engineers while they are pumping out Mildred’s stomach one of them says “We get these cases nine or ten a night…” (Bradbury 13). After the engineer says this it makes Montag realize how much his society is suffering mentally and how people would rather take their own life than live any longer in their society. After the engineers pump out Mildred's stomach and leave Montag is thinking about what just happened and he realizes that “There are too many of us, . . . There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. Good God, who were those men? I never saw them before in my life!” (Bradbury 14) After Montag thinks about this it makes him realize that no one knows anyone because everyone is just always watching their Palor instead of talking to people and forming a real connection with them and not just a fake one to be accepted. As the further, the novel progresses, the more Montag realizes how unhappy people are in his society and the more he wants to do something about …show more content…
When Montag is thinking about how the engineers are pumping out Mildred’s stomach and not caring about what might happen to her “And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn't cry." (Bradbury, 41).” Montag thinks about this because even though he is married to her he still doesn’t truly know or care about her, he just sees her as a stranger. When Montag is walking with the people he met on the railroad track Montag says "It's strange, I don't miss her, it's strange I don't feel much of anything," said Montag. "Even if she dies, I realized a moment ago, I don't think I'll feel sad. It isn't right. Something must be wrong with me." (Bradbury 148). Montag realizes that he wouldn’t be sad if Mildred dies because he doesn’t know her enough to truly care about her or her well-being. As the novel continues the less and less Montag cares about
Montag ponders this question for days, until he comes to the conclusion that he is unhappy. This changes Montags thoughts because it makes him wonder if he needs books to truly be happy. Something else that is important happens in Part one, Montag finds out that Clarrise was killed in a car crash. This makes Montag curious about books,but it also makes Montag question his society's intake on death. This conversation with Montag and Mildred contributes to his questioning , “But I think she is dead.
In the book, Montag said, “...he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn't cry. For it would be the death of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image...” (Bradbury 41). This quote talks about the poor connection and love that Mildred portrays to Guy. He even gets to the point that he would not care if she was completely out of his
At the beginning of the book, we witness Montag entering a stage of panic. We see Montag suffering a panic attack, where rush thinking attacks him mentally and physically. For, the character Montag this would be the first time experiences such a rush of thinking. This marks an important event in Montag's life. After suffering this panic attack, Bradbury allows us to see Montag thinking more clearly and listening to his surroundings more.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury is a story set in the dystopian future where books are banned, and the government controls everything that the public can see, hear, and even think. The story goes through several themes such as censorship, conformity, knowledge, but with a deeper meaning of happiness. The residents in this book are stuck under the rule of meaningless entertainment and are severely disconnected from each other, All the while the government suppresses personal thought and freedom. However, through Montag and his viewpoint of the world and interactions with others, the novel suggests that true happiness can come from relationships and the pursuit of knowledge. Showing a new idea of happiness coming from individuality, values, and
Montag's experiences with hollow, toxic relationships in his local community represent how an absence of real bonding purges away human qualities such as love and interconnection. Several meaningless relationships expose their true colors in Montag's experiences with Mildred and her friends. Following a frightening night of Mildred's pill overdose, Montag asks Mildred where they first met before marriage. Mildred replies, "It doesn't matter" (Bradbury 41). Montag then deliberates "that if she died, he was certain that he wouldn't cry" (Bradbury 41).
The novel Fahrenheit 451 displays that connections and relationships with others is the key to true happiness and a fulfilled life. (MIP-1): In Fahrenheit 451, people in society are shown to lack the connections with others that are needed to lead a full, happy life. (SIP-A):
Therefore, Montag questions himself, showing that he recognizes a problem within society. He starts to rebel against the government, as he knows what he is doing is wrong. This change happened because he read books, showing how books truly have an emotional impact on a
It is evident in the beginning that Montag had some very quiet doubts about the structure of his society, but he was not convinced enough to take any defiant action yet. As time progresses, he finally makes a decision for himself “But everything at once, but everything one on top of another, Beatty, the women, Mildred, Clarisse, everything... No, we’ll save what we can, we’ll do what there is left to do. If we have to burn, let’s take a few more with us” (115). Here, Montag takes into account “everything at once;” he looks at everyone he has observed to form his own identity.
(Bradbury 8). Montag is faced, for the first time, with having to examine his life and if he is actually happy. It destroys his “mask”, allowing him to see the problems of his life, and, more importantly, society. The new perspective “kills” a part of him, the part that was content with his perfect life (having a good,
(Bradbury 17). When Montag confronts Mildred about her overdosing the night prior, she responds in denial and adamantly refuses the notion that she is unhappy. She only denies what happened and had said that she feels as though she is hungover and wonders at the party that they didn’t have the night before. ” After the fireman Montag's vacuous wife, Mildred, attempts suicide, two handymen come to detoxify her; they treat her as if she were a carpet to be cleaned.” (Drennan).
Once Montag starts to have his own thoughts he becomes troubled saying “there must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.” (Bradbury 51). Mildred’s ignorance and disinterest in a death of a woman simply because “She was simple-minded” (Bradbury 51) gives Montag a twinge of anger, and sees how Mildred is actually simple-minded. He starts to see how his wife’s generic mind compares to those of books and Clarisse’s organic complicated
True happiness is a very hard concept for people to define, for some people happiness is being rich, or being satisfied with who you are. In Fahrenheit 451, the idea of happiness is a foreign concept. The characters in this novel barley know what true happiness is, the only good feelings they experience is from instant gratification, or a false sense of security thanks to technology. People living in Fahrenheit 451’s world live their lives in a blur, just like the view from the windows of the speeding cars they drive. Bradbury’s idea of happiness may be a simple one: happiness is being able to interact with other humans.
Montag and Mildred have been married for years, but Montag still feels as if he doesn’t know the woman he’s married to. In the text, Bradbury states, “And [Montag] [remembers] thinking then that if [Mildred] dies, he [is] certain he wouldn’t cry. For it would be dying of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it [is] suddenly so very wrong that he [has] begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman,
The first line of dialogue that Montag says is “it was a pleasure to burn”(pg. 1), which elucidates that he is just like the rest of the society. Bradbury introduces both of these characters as ignorant so the reader is able to draw a similarity between the way Montag is illustrated in the first page and how Mildred is characterized throughout the novel. This aids in tracing Montag’s coming of age journey because as he gets enlightened, the reader is able to distinguish how his mindset starts to diverge further away from Mildred’s. At the very end of the second chapter leading into the beginning of the third chapter, Beatty orders Montag to burn his own house, and as Beatty is speaking to Montag, Mildred runs past them “with her body stiff”(pg. 108). Through the employment of body language, Bradbury implies that Mildred is the one that turned Montag in to