Happiness In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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Nobody is happy. Everybody is only under the illusion that they are happy. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 examines happiness from a society with government censorship. In this society, the government restricts books from the public and believes that burning books is a source of happiness and equality, turning the public’s attention to entertainment instead of knowledge for pleasure. However, seventeen year old Clarisse McCellan, who others think is crazy and antisocial, asks Montag, “Are you happy?” This simple question starts driving the audience to consider about happiness in the world the characters are living in. The novel suggests that people cannot pursuit happiness with the disconnection from reality. Through Montag realization from …show more content…
After Montag met Granger in the forest, Granger stated that all he wants to do is “to keep the knowledge we need, intact and safe” (Bradbury, 145). Although Granger also burn books, he burns it so that he can preserve the knowledge in the books. Granger disagrees with the society in Fahrenheit 451 and does not conform with the government because he values literature. This expresses how much Granger supports knowledge. Memorizing the books before burning it is Granger’s way of keeping peace while rebelling the idea of banning knowledge, and keeping the knowledge for the next generations until there is a new society. Montag’s society was soon dismantled and when there was nothing left of the previous society, Granger stated that he was going to “build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in the” (Bradbury, 157). Granger tries to start a new society, this with people who was wisdom and awareness. The mirror will make the people find their identity for them and start helping them think for themselves. This depicts that they too were unhappy in the society and wanted people to find happiness through themselves. Granger takes actions to change the society that he

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