Fahrenheit 451: Are You Happy?

Clarisse asks Montag, “Are you happy?” (Bradbury 10). He immediately thinks “Of course I’m happy.” After contemplating this question further, he realizes that his answer may not be so simple.

How would you respond if someone asked you, “Are you happy?” How do you define happiness? What makes you happy in life? What impedes (or obstructs) your happiness? Is a state of happiness something you continually strive for?

Answer the poll below, and then post your response using your first name and last initial. Then read the responses posted by your peers. Reply to at least one other student, complimenting strong points, asking questions and building on ideas shared.

8 Responses to Fahrenheit 451: Are You Happy?

  1. James M says:

    Happiness is a sense of well being over yourself or something else. What makes me happy in life is when things are going right and there is nothing to complain about. When something goes wrong like I lose a sport game or I get a bad grade that impedes on my happiness, Yes I like to maintain a happy well being because my mind is a lot clearer when I am happy.

    • Zachary S. says:

      I agree with this comment especially because sometimes I am not happy for the same reasons sometimes (Sports and bad school grades). Although these moments of sadness are sometimes annoying, they are always temporary and we can move past them. One question I have is How do other people deal with the same problems?

  2. Sasha Bastedo says:

    I would say I am relatively happy most of the time. I define happiness by a satisfaction with life. Things that make me happy are hanging out with friends and playing soccer. The obstruction of my happiness is caused by fights or getting a bad grade. I am always looking to be happy and will find anyway to avoid an unhappy state of mind.

  3. Patrick P says:

    I think that I am happy most of the time. My definition of happiness is when the way you feel while doing things you love or if you are having a good day. Some things that make me happy are playing sports, hanging out with friends, and getting good grades. One thing that impede on my happiness are if I don’t perform well in sports or school. I try to stay happy whenever I can, because life is more fun if you’re having fun living it.

    • Zahra S says:

      I especially agree with your last sentence. I think that should be a motto for everyone in life. If we live our lives like there is no tomorrow and we take risks, we can wind up living adventurous, interesting, and enjoyable lives. There is no point in living a life with caution and fear.

  4. Zachary S. says:

    I would respond that I am happy most of the time, there are many times in life in which you may not always be happy, and that is ok. I would define happiness as having a state of mind in which you feel pleased with your current surroundings and situations. Sometimes unfortunate events happen like poor performance in school or in sports could make me unhappy. In a state of happiness, I strive to conquer my goals and work towards success in the future. I am at my happiest when things are going well in the present and I am working hard to make sure things stay that way.

  5. Zahra S says:

    If asked the question, “Are you happy?”, I do not think I would be able to answer right on the spot. I think for the majority of the time I am happy. I am very thankful and grateful for where I live and for all the opportunities I am given. I think this is something that should make all of us feel good and happy. On the other hand, some things just get in the way that make me feel unhappy with myself or others. I would define happiness as a feeling that you get when you are excited and full of life. In a way, when we are happy, we are carefree and untroubled. In my life, I am happy when I work hard towards something that I eventually achieve. Also, I am happy when I am able to show my true self without worrying about what people think. I am somewhat of a pessimistic person, but I am trying to see that the good in certain things. To truly be happy, one has to work hard to get rid of any negative thoughts and live a carefree life.

  6. Maya N says:

    If someone asked me if I was happy, I would say I am happy most of the time. Happiness is the enjoyment you feel when you are around loved ones and close friends. Being with my family and close friends makes me feel happy because I love to spend time just creating memories with them. Messing up on a test or upsetting someone obstructs my happiness. Yes, I try to strive for a positive outlook on life.

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