Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

Fahrenheit 451 Elements of a Dystopia

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  • Illusion of a Perfect Society
  • Mildred thinks that she is happy, but Guy knows she's not because she had tried to kill herself earlier in the story, and she didn't even know it.
  • "I am happy. And I'm very proud of it." - pg 65
  • Beatty thinks that he is keeping everybody happy by not making them think about complicated things, but really with out knowing it, he is helping the government's agenda of supreme control over its citizens.
  • Government Control
  • Fire Department
  • "We're the happiness boys, the Dixie Duo."- pg 61
  • One person questions the world's goodness
  • Odd Clarrise asks Montag if he is happy, and at first he thinks he is, but when he thinks hard about it, he's not so sure.
  • "Well, I'm seventeen and crazy."- pg 7
  • "Are you happy?"- pg 10
  • "Pete and I always said no tears, nothing like that. He said that if he gets killed off, you just go right ahead and don't cry, but get married again, and don't think of me."- pg 95
  • People in this society don't care about each other and don't value life. They follow the social norm and get married just to get married, and could care less if the other died.
  • Dehumanization
  • Fire Department
  • Montag doesn't realize that firemen used to save lives because he has been lied to by the government that they had always burned books.
  • Hidden Truth
  • "Est. 1790, to burn English influenced books in the colonies."
  • Fire Department
  • "We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought."- pg 61
  • The government uses the firemen to make people conform to the way they want them to think.
  • Conformity
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