Both the novel “Fahrenheit 451” and the article “Commentary: Doing Time in Maximum Security—The Pains of Separation” have explore the dystopian element of dehumanization and how it causes despair and isolation from the world around a person. Towards the middle of the book, Guy Montag begins to open his eyes to the flaws of the society he lives in. He realizes that “something’s missing” in his life and the lives of those around him that is preventing them from becoming truly “happy” even though they have everything “need[ed] to be happy” (78). The author, Bradbury, is pointing out that the people in the book are lacking a way feel the empathy and connectivity with others that can come from reading books. Without this, the people are just becoming dehumanized shells of human beings that just go through the day to day motions without emotion. They don’t even realize they aren’t happy. As a result of their lack of emotion, people are becoming less aware of danger and more likely to make poor decisions. In the article, “Commentary: Doing Time in Maximum Security—The Pains of Separation”, the author explains how “isolation” in prison leads to a “feeling of being under siege in the atmosphere of constant negativity”. They feel so much “despair” that they aren’t capable of feeling the other emotions and they become dehumanized. Like the citizens in “Fahrenheit 451”, inmates are isolated from those around them so they don’t think about the implications of their actions and suicide is a huge problem. They don’t have a chance to try new things, interact with others, or expand their understanding of the world. Restricting knowledge and ability of people to form connections with others is a detriment to achieving society wide happiness instead of helping achieve it.