The Economic of Happiness Some people in this world say we are attracted and find our happiness towards things we find most important to in our lives which are considered Economic Concepts. In the book, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it shows great examples with multiple types of Economic Concepts that make up the book as a whole. Without these concepts being used in the book, the story couldn’t be told the same. Even though the book is a fairytale, it can still relate to the real world.
Happiness, one of the hardest words to define. To some people, they believe that they need a lot of money to be happy. While on the other hand, others think having many friends or being with your family is the way to happiness, not money. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, a man named Jay Gatsby believes that if he has a lot of money and living extravagantly that he is able to buy happiness which is his love for Daisy. And also Myrtle who demonstrates this by having an affair with Tom so he could buy everything she wants.
Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller is a dynamic and intense novel, in which the protagonist faces many challenges. The novel goes into depth about the feelings and thoughts of the protagonist, Willy Loman. He is an elderly man with a wife and two sons in their mid thirties. This book is written during a time when everyone in America seemed to be doing well, but for Willy Loman it was one of the most miserable time period of his life. The author provides many deep and vivid details into the life of Willy.
In the play Death of a Salesman, Miller introduces us to the protagonist, Willy Loman, whose last name is a play on words. Loman is someone from humble beginnings and upbringings who is constantly trying to achieve the “American Dream”. Loman is inevitably destroyed by his actions, created by his lack of awareness of reality and his flawed dream. Through his self-destruction,
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
One study revealed that money was an essential need for happiness, but it was not what made the people happy. They established satisfaction in close relationships with loved ones, community work, fulfillment and pride from their work and accomplishments (Diener and Biswas-Diener 162). The highest life satisfaction was found in societies of wealthy nation while the unhappiest nations were the extremely poor ones. When it comes to materialism, it does not matter if someone is rich or poor, all that matters is that “your income is sufficient to your desire,” and that “differences in aspirations lead to very different amounts of happiness” (Diener and Biswas-Diener 170).
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller portrays the last 24 hours of the life of a common man, Willy Loman, as he reflects on the failures of his life. Loman’s success as a salesman has passed now that his old loyal boss, Howard, has died, and he now works as an unsuccessful traveling salesman, scraping by on commision from Howard’s son. Loman goes to the neighbor, Charley, often borrowing money for household payments, but refuses to take a job-offer from him. Willy Loman’s spouse is Linda and they have two boys, Happy and his older brother Biff, who are now middle aged men who live back at home and are trying to find where they belong in life. Bernard is a childhood friend of the Loman boys, and is Charley’s son.
The American Dream Doesn’t Equal Happiness If the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” was written into a full story, that story would be The Great Gatsby. The Great Gatsby is written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and has countless examples of the phrase “money can’t buy happiness” suggesting that the American dream and loads of money doesn’t suddenly make your life perfect and all your problems are gone, in fact, the story suggests the complete opposite. In the story, F. Scott Fitzgerald shows that every character who has money or character that is around the people that have money end up in more trouble and having more problems than the average person.
His willful hopefulness and exaggerated expectations betray him in the end by rendering him incapable of accepting himself or his children for who they are (Nadine). In this play, Willy would be a representation of failure to the American dream. Willy believes that personality, not hard work and innovation, is the key to success. Throughout time, Willy wants to make sure his boys are well-liked and popular. In the story Willy has said,” You and Hap and I, and I’ll show you all the towns.
well there is answer is that we will spend our lives desperately looking for happiness; that if happiness is not the ultimate end of activities. The author of this article wants us think about why someone would search for that happiness all their lives instead of taking what you have. Happiness is the popular theme in culture today throughout television shows, movies, books, and even music. The way they portray is that these culture events
Willy wanted the 'Death of a Salesman' like Singleman - "and by the way he died the death of a salesman" [Willy concerning Singleman: Act 2]-. And he struggled to achieve that dream, only to tragically kill himself. Which reaffirms Miller point that a tragic hero is a character " who is ready to lay down his life... to secure one thing".
Death of A Salesman is a screenplay that is written by Arthur Miller that is centered around Willy Loman, our main protagonist who has many issues within his character. The play itself is not narrated by a narrator, but we are given stage directions to envision the scene with the extremely well written details that Arthur Miller has provided for us. This in turn also the readers to come up with very vivid imagery of what the settings, themes, and environments are in the play, as well as getting to know the characters. Willy is the main character in this storyline, heavily supported by his family who help shape and define his character, yet we soon find out that his social standing affects him as a whole.
However, pursuing this goal came with a price. Since he was highly motivated to becoming a successful salesman, he rarely stayed at home. Instead, he spent most of his time travelling around the country to conduct sales. He became a workaholic, forcing himself to make sacrifices in his family life in order to seek his own ambitions. Therefore, Willy’s perfectionistic ideals led to his demise.
Living The Reality Rather Than Chasing The Impossible Willy Loman ultimate dream was to achieve perfection By Turki Al-Al-Suwailem Rational Throughout my report I have chosen to illustrate how Willy Loman in the story of Death of a salesman has lived by all his life by searching for perfection rather than reality. Willy lived to chase his unachievable dream rather than living the reality. His unrealistic connection between his reality and what he dreams to be has led him to death. His wrong judgments’ that are based on materialism and capitalism are a symbol of Willy’s dream to become a wealthy person.
A collection of philosophical, religious, psychological and biological approaches had attempted to define happiness and analyze its connections. Researchers have found that about 50% of people happiness depends on our genes, based on studies of identical twins, whose happiness was 50% correlated even when growing up in different houses. About 10% to 15% is a result of various measurable life circumstances variables, such as socioeconomic status, marital status, health, income, and others. The remaining 40% is a combination of intentional factors and the results of actions that individuals deliberately engage in to become happier. Studies have also found that most of us are born with a fixed “set point” of happiness that we fall in throughout our lives.