Why do so few people in Montag's society recognize that something is wrong?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The people in Montag's society are also very isolated from one another. Instead, they concentrate on watching television and other personal pleasures. They have been told to "be happy" and recognizing someone else's problems is often not a happy event. In addition, Montag hides his books and tries to seem happy. He has no truly close friends and his wife is totally consumed with getting another TV wall so she can become immersed even more into her fake television world. No one expects anyone to be unhappy so they do not look for it. If they did, they would find tremendous unhappiness as witnesses by the fact that so many people try to commit suicide, only mechanical beings respond because the act is so common.

dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The people in Montag’s society have been trained to believe that this is the way life is and they are not permitted to challenge the way things are.  It is clear through the character of Mildred that many people are to take “happy pills” which allow them to ignore anything that they may find wrong with the society and stay happy every day of their lives.  Additionally, they are taught to fear the government, and this also helps to secure the fact that no one (or almost no one) is going to question or revolt against the government – the Mechanical Hound and the fighter jets that are flying over the city are  examples of the fear that is instilled in the people of this society.