A World Without
In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist, Guy Montag, realizes that though his world seems perfect, it is devoid of happiness. First, Montag sees that the people of the world do not interact well. Next, he becomes aware that his society does not respect the sanctity of life. Then, Montag notices that society does not reflect upon their actions. Finally, Montag realizes that his world is a horrible place because it is missing many aspects that equal a happy life. Montag sees that he and his wife Mildred cannot communicate and that their marriage has no love in it. After a day at work, Montag arrives at his house to find Mildred passed out and unresponsive. He calls for an ambulance and her stomach is pumped. Montag confronts Mildred in the morning: “ ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘I wanted to talk to you.’ He paused. ‘You took all the pills in your bottle last night.’ ‘Oh, I wouldn’t do that,’ she said, surprised.
‘The bottle was empty.’
‘I wouldn’t do a thing like that. Why would I do a thing like that?’ she said. ‘Maybe you took two pills and forgot and took two more and forgot again and took two more and were so dopey you kept right on until you had thirty or forty of them in you.’ ‘Heck,’ she said, ‘what would I want to go and do a silly thing like that for?’ ” (Bradbury 19). Mildred is depressed and attempted to take her life. When confronted by her husband, she denies it. This is because the marriage lacks the communication and interaction that marriages need to survive. She will not express her feelings to her husband, so she only feels worse. Similarly, Montag cannot try to comfort Mildred because she will not talk. This leads to the fact that the world cannot function without social interaction. In Montag’s world, people simply do not interact normally. This leads to a vicious cycle of depression and isolation. Mildred started only slightly sad, but because she has no one to talk to, she dwells on the subject and becomes...
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