A paradox, or self contradictory statement, is the perfect way for the speaker to express his predicament. He does not “ deserve pleasure”, but he also “does not deserve pain” explains the speaker’s feelings of guilt and remorse for his immense fortune, while the working class can barely get by. In parallel lines in his poem, the speaker uses the words “failed” and “successful.” He uses these words so close together to demonstrate the failure he and civilization throughout history has faced in order to be
Often times we associate material gain with enjoyment and fulfillment, but we fail to understand the side most affected by the uninhibited pursuit of gratification. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the wealthy do just that; they climb the steps of social class by stepping over those who are poorer. In the novel, the lower class face degradation caused by the wealthy’s selfish desire for pleasure and satisfaction. Specifically, the Valley of Ashes symbolizes Fitzgerald’s criticism for that very inconsiderate pursuit of self-gain, which creates dire consequences for the poor. Fitzgerald uses figures of speech to describe the Valley to condemn the inequality created by the wealthy’s pursuit of self-growth.
This quote is representative of Thoreau’s beliefs on how money and luxury can ruin a simplistic life or in a more current definition if there is more money and luxury, there will be more problems with living an easy and simplistic life. In this day and age, this quote is slightly controversial in the matters of more luxury being worse on the easiness of life since in this age luxury people have been made to simplify life.
What he is saying is that it is a waste of time to value capitalistic ideologies, for example, wealth and fame. He implies that we are so wrapped up in our unnecessary desires that it just clouds our minds with things that really aren't important. By giving into temptations one has lost the ability to have self control. Epicurus tells us that when it comes down to it we will always pick things that bring us pleasure. He says what we don't think about is that a lot of our decisions we have made in hopes of the pleasure we were looking for only caused us pain in the end.
The ideas of Astyk and Newton in The Rich get Richer, and the Poor Go Hungry, are will formed and relatable. However, our society is made up of a unstated hierarchy where the rich are at the top and the poor at the very bottom. We are not making any progress to change this system, it’s easy to argue that it probably is never going to change and “it [is] nearly impossible to figure out whether what we are doing is destructive or regenerative” (Elements of Arguments 517.) The more prosperous society gets the wider the gap between rich and poor get. Many argue that the rich should “share wealth” and for those of us in the middle to lower class, that statement doesn’t seem like much of a stretch especially if the thing most desired by the poor
William Hazlitt composed his passaged, “On the Want of Money” to express that “one cannot get on well in the world without money”. Although many believe money is not necessary to be happy Hazlitt provides his audience with a substantial argument that money is needed to live happily. Within Hazlitt’s sharp excerpt, he uses several different rhetorical strategies to strengthen his argument and express his views on the importance of money. Money in fact, is very important to each person since in today’s world, money is used for everything. The problem is occurring is it is almost impossible to not desire or need money in our society.
The Effects of Money In the passage “The Want of Money” by William Hazlitt, Hazlitt uses various rhetorical strategies to establish his perspective on money. These rhetorical strategies used offer a deeper meaning on how the lack of money affects a person’s everyday life from the way they are judged by society, how they live their daily lives, and their views on themselves internally. With the lack of money and the abundance of it comes different experiences and issues arising from its core foundations. Society often regards someone of high income with respect, love, and appreciation, but the opposite gains only suspicion, distrust, and hatred. Hazlitt explains this phenomenon by stating “it is not to have your opinion consulted or else rejected with contempt, your acquirements carped out and doubted”(Lines 6-7).
Lear contemplates the miserable state of Edgar (disguised as Tom) whose poverty and nakedness reflect how gods are cruel and unjust to them. Again he asks heavens to be more just with them: "…O, I have ta 'en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp, Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just." (III.vi.32-41). In fact, King Lear did not really think about the plight of homelessness.
William Hazlitt, author of “On the Want of Money,” strengthens his attitude on financial matters through the grammatical strategies of forlorn and sublime diction, cataloging, and continuous syntax structure. These strategies combine to establish Hazlitt’s stance on money as an imperative component of life. The most apparent strategy used is the immense, extended sentence that Hazlitt uses to convey his thesis that money is the key to success and happiness, but not a necessity in life. This enormous sentence mimics the immense struggles that a person without money would have to endure during their lifetime. Hazlitt presents an impoverished person’s obstacles as continuous and a perpetual amount of brutality; there are no breaks for the lower
Since in existence of money we can be happy with what we buy, money replaces happiness, “a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life—that is, with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction”. However our desire for happiness turns into greed, the desire which long for unneedful