Money Cannot Buy Happiness In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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(AGG) “Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none” (DeVos). Some people think that money can buy happiness, but it does not give anything more. (BS-1) In the book Fahrenheit 451, Montag, the main character, lives in a society where people are obsessed with possessing materials around them. (BS-2) Therefore, the author includes affects that the materials have on people. (BS-3) However, the society also has rebelled with an exception to the people who aren’t obsessed with the objects. (TS) Ray Bradbury creates a society of materialistic people, obsessed with having too much, all the while warning the reader about the dangers of greed, through the example of a few characters.

(MIP-1) In the novel Fahrenheit 451 many people are addicted to materials. (SIP-A) The people obsessed with
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(STEWE-1) Mildred for example, one of these material obsessed people. She prioritized her virtual family on her television over her own husband. When Montag and Mildred were arguing, Montag was trying to show Mildred that materials aren’t always a true, fulfilling source of happiness. Happiness comes from other things not just materials. “‘Now,’ said Mildred, ‘my ‘family’ is people. They tell me things; I laugh, they laugh! And the colors!’” (69). In the past quote, Mildred said that the parlor is her family because it makes her laugh and have fun. (STEWE-2) Many people value their families, but people like Mildred in the society also value their families, except their families are not actual people. People like Mildred value their fake families over real ones. When Montag is sick and he is not feeling well, the readers would think she would help and support her sick husband. Mildred would not care for Montag when he was sick. The society that
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