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TRACKING DYSTOPIAN ELEMENTS

Distraction and Happiness

Distraction and Happiness

The article “Distraction and Happiness” and Fahrenheit 451 both explore the dystopian world characteristic of citizens living in a dehumanized state without happiness because of the control propaganda has over the citizens. In the novel, the government tries to distract the citizens from the fact that they are unhappy with propaganda displayed in the citizens home constantly. Mildred lives in a very dehumanized state and seems to show signs of severe depression. She regularly talks about how the propaganda is her family and make her happy. But the main reason for the propaganda is to trick the society into believing that they are happy and distract them from the reality. “My ‘family’ is people... I laugh, they laugh.” (pg. 69) Mildred gets distracted everytime she watches or talks about the shows, “The show was wonderful!” (pg. 90) and is drawn away from true happiness is. In the article “Distraction and Happiness” it presents the argument that people who were engaged in an activity “tended to be happier” than the people who were solely focused on one activity. The propaganda displayed in the homes of the citizens were used to have a person focus only on what was going on in the tv and keep citizens from slipping back into reality, which the government feared. To achieve true happiness in the society and get out of the dehumanized state that Montag and Mildred live in, they need to “limit the distractions that are undermining our happiness.’’ The citizens need to stop listening to the propaganda to quit being controlled and live in a place with true emotions and happiness without the distractions created by the government.

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