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jordan33 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2008 at 1:16 AM via web

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What does Beatty mean when he says, "We're the happiness boys, the Dixie Duo"? What kind of happiness does he espouse?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 4, 2008 at 2:44 AM (Answer #1)

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The "happiness" that Capt. Beatty is referring to is the bland happiness that comes from the lack of controversy and the lack of having to think.  In this scene from the book, he is telling Montag why their society is the way it is; how people wanted everything to be politically correct and free from insult to anyone and how people wanted everything to be faster and easier.  He says that he and Montag (and all firemen), because they enforce the anti-book law, are the ones who bring happiness to people because they help to make sure that no one reads anything upsetting or that takes time away from other pleasures.

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