Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1736 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
An idea as old as time, happiness has always been about obtaining what few can ever have. At the most miniscule level, the constant struggle for happiness is a primal one. That primal need manifests into an instinct that can rival even the most basic human need—survival. When that instinct coalesces with human desires, an unforeseen transformation will take place—and whether that transformation is beneficial is yet to be seen. This perception is often mirrored in the novel Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury. Set in a future society, this “utopia” prides itself on the concept of happiness. To maintain this happiness, the Fire Department, an organization that starts fires instead of fighting them, burns books. But when Guy Montag, a fireman, begins to question what makes books so dangerous, a series of unfortunate events is set in motion that will ultimately lead to this society’s destruction. Happiness only ever makes a surface appearance in Fahrenheit 451, the reality of it never quite showing through to this fictional society. With violence a commonplace, materialism on the rise, and relationships as fake as the emotions the people exhibit, it is no wonder happiness is a concept no one comprehends. The mind is a powerful adversary and as such is susceptible to violence—a variable that threatens to undermine the proper development of people. In Fahrenheit 451, the reader is promptly introduced to two characters: Guy Montag and Millie. These two are husband and wife and…

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