In the book Fahrenheit 451 and the poem “Dover Beach” they both explore the dystopian element that a perfect society is unrealistic and most people deep down are not satisfied with society. In “Dover Beach”, Matthew Arnold talks about the “land of dreams” which he uses to portray that everyone believes you can have free thought and everything is perfect in society. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses examples of how characters are unknowingly expressing their feelings because of how society is displayed by the government. While in “Dover Beach”, Arnold also uses examples of how people don’t share ideas and think creatively because they hide behind there inner problems. In both cases, the people may know better but choose not to “rebut” (106) against the government. Bradbury shows how Montag doesn’t understand the importance of being self-sufficient until he starts really questioning what’s going on as well as Beaty when he states, “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy” (78). Specifically in this quote when Beaty says they have everything they need, it connects to “Dover Beach” because in both cases the people believe they have what they need to be happy but truly they don’t because they are living in a dystopian world where everything seems “perfect” but most of the people aren’t happy still. Being perfect means being the best you can be and that includes working through “struggles” like Arnold speaks on in the poem. The illusions of a perfect society starts to show towards the characters through the book, to let in the reality and truth they need to take off there “masks”. Mildred in particular was never fully happy as well as in “Dover Beach” the so called flawless, “beautiful” world was “nor light, nor love, nor peace.” All in all, in both cases it may seem like it’s a perfect society, but until society takes off there “masks” and embrace that a perfect society is unrealistic they will never find true “happiness” or intelligence.
The sea is calm tonight.