Although wealth and social class can bring them happiness, it’s only temporary. They are the most elicit group in the novel, in which are superficial and self centered. The people that belong to the east egg are mostly dishonest and immoral; this can be illuminate with Tom’s indirect words. “ ‘You see’ cried Catherine triumphantly. She lower her vice again.
It is important to note that it is the way that people interpret these regrets that influence their well-being. Those who feel that they have made mistakes, wasted their time, and have no time to make changes may be left feeling bitter. There are also numerous factors that can influence feelings of generativity versus feelings of stagnation at this point in life. People who have positive relationships with others, good quality health and a sense of control over their lives will feel more productive and satisfied.
Good authors create interesting characters that evokes some emotion from the readers. That is the case of the protagonist Mathilde Loisel, in Guy de Maupassant’s story “The Necklace.” Mathilde comes across as unsatisfied with her life and selfish which makes her easy to dislike. She first show how much she dislikes her life “She grieved incessantly, feeling that she had been born for all the little niceties and luxuries of living. ”(Maupassant 221).
Human nature has an interesting way of affecting people - creating some to remain content with personal possessions while creating unobtainable desires within others. People often have a certain facet about the wealthy life compared to the poor life; nevertheless, as the saying goes, “money doesn’t buy happiness.” Unfortunately, Madame Loisel learns this lesson the hard way; she was human nature’s victim for wanting the unobtainable. The irony in Madame Loisel’s life is that she does not have the fanciest possessions, but she has meaningful possessions - her husband and her health. The need to feel accepted within the society’s upper portion did more good than harm as the Loisels spend an entire decade trying to fix one night’s selfish
People can find their way on their own, but other times they need a push. In the beginning, Cassia makes it very evident that she believes that the Society is as close to perfect as any society could and has gotten. She also feels that here is no need, nor reason to want to stand out, but when her grandfather and Ky express that the society is wrong through illegal objects, Cassia starts to understand. Love causes problems and feelings that you hate, but hate you are willing to feel. As the plot progresses, Cassia realizes that she loves both Xander and Ky, but she loves Xander in a different way then she loves Ky. To want to grow, you have to want the change that comes along with it.
The choices made at the end of each story were made due to characters pride getting the best of them and can be predicted to harm them in the future. After walking away from Miss Moore, Sylvia thinks about the day and claims “ain’t nobody gonna beat me at nuthin” (Bambara 6). Throughout the story, Sylvia has pessimistic thoughts that may affect her future. By not admitting she learned something, it can be inferred that her pride will not allow her to acknowledge the lesson. Due to this, Sylvia may suffer a fall in her life, such as the quotation, “pride comes before Destruction” suggests.
Lucy Steele, Mrs. Ferras, John Dashwood, they all value money and wealth more importantly than love and family. These characters however are able to get what they want. Throughout the novel the reader cannot like them but at the end, such a dislikable character such as Lucy Steele paradoxically chase what she wanted from the beginning, showing that she does not have honor or dignity. Also Miss Glanville in the Female Quixote gets what she wants. It cannot be considered a real happy ending because Sir George Bellmour does not love her but she gets what she wants, that is him.
At this point, I thought for sure everyone was right about Tea Cake. After he gambled and won back the money, I found it slightly charming that he assured her they were going to live off of his money alone. Although I do not think he needed to lose the money or risk his life gambling, I thought it showed a better character when he insisted that he did not want her money. In this chapter, I was slightly confused when I read the line, “It was hard to love a woman who made you feel wishful” (p. 116). I don’t understand what this meant because in my opinion, wishful makes me think it would make you want to love someone.
Drouet ceaselessly encourages and compliments Carrie, which further reduce her resistivity to material lure. The appearance of Drouet fulfills her initial vanity that possesses fine cloths and money. As time goes by, Drouet’s shortcomings emerge, while Carrie know more about the society and the charm of women, there is a gap between them. Drouet cannot attract Carrie any more, which provides an opportunity to Hurstwood. Hurstwood, who is slightly older than Drouet, is a manager in a hotel with a higher position in his social circle, for he is well-dressed, humorous and sociable.
The diary excerpts of the Philadelphia Quaker, Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker originated from 1758-1794. During the early sections of her diary, she documented her progress with her needlepoint projects. However, once she marries a merchant named Henry Drinker, her entries begin to shadow the works of other women rather than her own. The purpose of her entries were originally to log her projects based on their completion and the intended recipient. The entries purpose, however, shifted as she began to take note of those women who worked underneath her/performed tasks for her, at that point her entries had narrowed in on the occupations of the women she had encountered.
Madame Loisel learns in “The Necklace” that being greedy is not the way you want to live your life. In the beginning of the story, Madame Loisel is a greedy and spoiled person that thinks she deserves the most because she is beautiful. For example, when Madame Loisel gets upset over not having a nice dress for the ball she starts to cry, “Two great tears ran slowly from the corners of her eyes towards the corners of her mouth” (18). She demonstrates how greedy she is by already having an invitation to the ball but is still crying over her dress. This develops the theme that being greedy is not the way to live life because she shows greed and starts crying over her dress when other people would be incredibly ecstatic.
Sherlock Holmes returns again in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Trying to solve the mysterious case of Sir Charles death and the tale of the vicious hound, he is accompanied by Dr. Watson, Dr. Mortimer, and Sir Henry. Each character goes through a straining, hostile series of events in Dartmoor and Baskerville Hall, before revealing the truth of the dark hound. Throughout this bewildering adventure, the theme of greed is a powerful motivator is developed via the self-centered, craving mind of Stapleton and the intricate relationships formed between characters.
The Counselor represents the American elite’s perception of itself. Despite having everything they could ever want or need in this world, they want more. Similar to how the Counselor’s greed leads to his demise, this obsession of wanting more will lead to irreversible ecological damage and consequences that scientists currently can’t even fully project. The entire movie satirizes and is emblematic of the way competing business and policy interests and an obsession with reclaiming American exceptionalism creates a status quo that is leading us towards destruction but is not in the interests of the powerful and wealthy to change.