In his “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury portrays the message that to live without individual thought and curiosity eventually creates unhappiness in a person. The situation in “Fahrenheit 451” is similar to “Communism: Censorship and Freedom of Speech” which is an article that describes how individuals are often told what they are allowed to think or say. In the book, Clarisse is a character who is very curious and looks at things very differently than other people in the society which she lives in. She says she likes to “just sit and think”(20) which is uncommon and looked down upon in her community. The article on Communism says that in a Communist society “the individual's best interests are indistinguishable from the society's best interest”. In both societies people aren’t really allowed to think freely about things and they are specifically taught what they should think about certain things. Clarisse has found happiness through her curiosity and her ability to think differently about things, but on the other hand, people in a Communist society and people like Montag who don’t think freely are unhappy with their life. As Montag first meets Clarisse she asks him if he is happy. He at first says yes to this, but later he concludes that “he wore his happiness like a mask”(9). When one thinks of a mask they think of it as something to hide behind and the mask is usually something that looks nothing like the face under it. Bradbury uses the simile of the mask to show that Montag convinces others and even himself that he is happy when he realizes eventually that he is really not and he is hiding his unhappiness. He goes through the same motions everyday of going to work, going home, and going to bed and never stops to think or do much of anything different which is causing his state of unhappiness. In the article people controlled by communism live in a state where “individual freedom is incompatible with a communist ideology.” Many people are much happier when they are allowed to express their own opinions and ideas freely and this right of freedom of speech is taken away from both Communist societies and the society of “Fahrenheit 451”. The fact that their freedom of speech is taken away also takes away their personal happiness. As shown through “Fahrenheit 451” and “Communism: Censorship and Freedom of Speech”, happiness can only be found when one is allowed to think freely rather than having their thoughts controlled for them.