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In "Fahrenheit 451," why do people commit suicide so frequently in Montag's...

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Posted March 12, 2008 at 9:20 AM via web

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In "Fahrenheit 451," why do people commit suicide so frequently in Montag's society?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 12, 2008 at 9:31 AM (Answer #1)

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People commit suicide so often in this society because they are only made to believe they are happy when they really have no substance or purpose to their life. As soon as their minds are allowed to wander they come to the realization that their life holds virtually no meaning and it becomes so overwhelming that they do things like Montag's wife and take an overdose of pills. We know it happens often because the technicians who come to rescue his wife are not trained medical professionals, they are very simply techs who have been trained to operate the machine. This society has extracted meaning from the world by limiting the scope of expression, especially that of the written word.

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