Morgan Laplante . Mrs. Rhodes . Pre-Ap English 10 . 13

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Morgan Laplante
Mrs. Rhodes
Pre-AP English 10
13 February 2016
Happiness Is Not This A person’s happiness is completely different than that of the person next to them. In Fahrenheit 451, the society is given the idea that happiness is found in the fast life. Students crash cars, crack windows, and drive recklessly for fun. Schooling in this society is not even in the realm of learning. Instead, it is filled with sports, electronics, and everything but an education. Death is a quick cremation instead of a proper funeral and mourning. Adults not only have poor relationships with their spouses, but also their children. Despite all these things, to the people of the Fahrenheit 451 society, the weak human connections and speedy existence …show more content…

Montag’s change of view in what happiness is, was replicated by Ted in the Lorax and perfectly represented by Furtado’s piece of art; happiness is not always what society says it is. Throughout the story of Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag goes from being carefree about his current living situation to realizing that, there may be something more to life. Though meeting Clarissa throws Montag through the finish line, his journey away from society began long before Clarissa. She pushed him out of the darkness and into the light. His eyes were thrust open from her asking of one simple question; “Are you happy?” (Bradbury, Page 14). The question rocked Montag’s world. Montag says, ““Happy! Of all the nonsense.” He stopped laughing… Of course I’m happy. What does she think? I’m not?” (Bradbury, Page 14). The society’s ways of living in the fast lane were happiness to him, until he discovered what lived within the books. In the beginning of the book, Montag was content burning the books, living in the fast lane, not having a full relationship with his wife. He was fine with living like everyone else in his society and turning a blind eye to occurrences that did not fit into the society’s ideas of happiness. As Montag began to read the books he stole, his eyes were opened to an entire new world. He begins to wonder about others and their feelings, and asks strange questions. When he asks his wife, Mildred, where they met, she has no problem with

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