The Role Of Happiness In Fahrenheit 451

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If you were given everything you ever wanted to be happy, would you be happy? Would you actually be happy or would you be filled with joy for an amount of time until you realized you wanted something else? In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury gives the people of the society everything they want to make them happy but they aren’t. They have to find the key to happiness in order to move on from the strict rules in their society. In the story of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury says, “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something is missing.” He is trying to tell people to look outside the box. They don’t know why they aren’t happy because they don’t know what it is that is missing. He is defining happiness as everyone doing what they are supposed to be doing. Every person in this society is brainwashed into the thinking of the government as they lock this information into their head. They don’t know about the outside world because they are too busy listening to what the television and radio are locking into their head instead of trying to find out what is really happening with the world. The firemen are kept happy by burning the books of those who do not follow the rules. This brings pleasure to…show more content…
They get to be apart of the show and act as a character. This is what keeps them happy all day while their husbands are out working. Mildred, Montag’s wife, thinks that the parlor family is her own family. She doesn’t pay much attention to Montag. She only acts like she loves him when she wants to have another television for her “family.” While Montag is trying to tell her about the importance of books and what he is going to do with them, she is worrying about the television show that will be on that night and her girl friends that will be coming over. She is so happy with her “parlor family” that she doesn’t even listen to what Montag has to say about the books. (Page 17, 18, 73, 91, &

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