Fiction Essay- the Relationship Between Money and Happiness

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The Relationship between Money and Happiness In our society, people often put great emphasis on materials and possessions. Many believe that having more money would make them happier in life; but does money really provide true happiness? Having the money to provide food, clothing, and shelter is essential for everyone’s well-being and happiness, but after those basic needs are fulfilled more money just offers materials not necessarily happiness. According to D.H. Lawrence, author of “The Rocking Horse Winner,” money provides everything but happiness. In “The Rocking Horse Winner,” Lawrence portrays a young boy named Paul who tries to win his mother’s love by gambling for money. Paul’s mother is very materialistic and…show more content…
When people are ill, they usually will be down and depressed about life. Even though they have a huge amount of money, they are unable to spend it happily. All the money in this world cannot buy someone good health. According to Peter Dodson, author of “Buying Happiness: The Depressing Reality of Materialism,” research has revealed that wealth and the chasing after material goods can actually impact a person’s health. Dodson states, “The more they buy into the consumer materialist messages, the worse they feel about themselves…” (Dodson). Lawrence illustrates how Paul’s mother’s desire for more money results in the death of Paul. In conclusion, the love of money is the root of all evil and destruction. Lawrence along with today’s researches points out how money cannot buy happiness. However people do not revolve their happiness around money and those who put money to good use can achieve or maintain a happy

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