What is the significance of the following quote from "Fahrenheit 451"?  Or your thoughts? “If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry...

What is the significance of the following quote from "Fahrenheit 451"?  Or your thoughts?

“If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war”.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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In Fahrenheit 451, society has been changed to make people “happy” by keeping them from thinking about anything. So, they burn all books since they contain thought-provoking ideas. Your quote is an example of the mindset of those who designed this society. Here are some others:

We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against.

People want to be happy, isn't that right? Haven't you heard it all your life? I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren't they? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for, isn't it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of these.

We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought.

Chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.

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