Fahrenheit 451 Research Paper

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Happiness: Real or Fake? In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury makes Beatty and Clarisse have different views of happiness. The author makes these characters have two viewpoints on being happy and unhappy to explain the mistakes society has made and the dystopian setting. Bradbury portrays the value of happiness is superficial and created by the government, specifies the things that create and decrease happiness, and how the government maintains society’s happiness. The value of happiness in Fahrenheit 451 is superficial and created by the government. In this society, everyone is the same and unrealistically happy. Bradbury makes society value happiness because it is the only thing they know; they are satisfied with always being in one state of …show more content…

When Beatty comes to Montag’s house, he explains what the people do. The government makes them happy because the people say they want to be “happy”. Beatty explains this to Montag when he says, “People say they want to be happy, isn’t that right? Isn’t that all you hear it all your life? I want to be happy, people say. Well aren’t they? Don’t we keep them moving, don’t we give them fun?”(56) Firemen are ran by the government and Beatty is head chief. By Beatty explaining what the government does for the people, it is easy to see that authorities create and control their people. When Montag first meets Clarisse, she explains that she does not like school. By doing so, she talks about how there is nothing to do for her in and out of school. She explains this when she says, “They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything but go to bed or 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” (27). In this society, schools make the kids watch screens all day and force them to participate in absurd activities that are extremely dangerous. In this futuristic society, Bradbury exhibits how much power the government has to brainwash its people by making the characters describe how everyone in society has fun and their …show more content…

The value of happiness in Fahrenheit 451 is superficial and created by the government. People are controlled with no free thought and are taught to be "happy". Before this futuristic society, there was real happiness and people were not hypnotized by the media. Finally, throughout this whole novel, the government creates superficial happiness, explains what causes and decreases happiness, and controls the way people have

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