Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable human rights given to all human beings by their creator. These are ideals that everyone is born with and everyone strives to achieve. Life is pursuit of safety and stability of a family. Liberty is the pursuit of land and other possessions. In turn, once you possess those ideals, the person will have achieved ultimate happiness. In Jean- Baptiste Moliere’s Tartuffe and in Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the main characters, Tartuffe and Ivan Ilyich, strive to attain the life ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness using the ideas of strengths, weaknesses, morals and ideas, and the respect of others to at first achieve success but eventually succumb to…show more content… If manipulation and cunningness were Tartuffe’s strengths, then his greediness is his weakness because he takes so much from Orgon and his family that it ultimately backfires on him. Tartuffe’s manipulation of the morals and values of this era sacrifices the integrity of him as a person. It also creates a disturbance of Orgon and his family’s morals and values when they turn away from religion after being taken advantage of.
Furthermore, in Leo Tolstoy‘s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and analysis will demonstrate that the character Ivan Ilyich struggles throughout his life to achieve the ideals of liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness. It is through Ivan’s death and his friend’s narration of Ivan’s life that the reader comes to the realization the the middle-class Ivan has few strength’s besides his hard work to drive him towards his ideals for wealth and property. Ivan lived his whole life with the purpose of enjoying himself. He did this through winning power at work, spending money, buying things to impress his friends, throwing parties, and playing bridge. His pursuit of happiness in material things and pleasures is so great that his deliberately avoids anything unpleasant. This means that when he settled down with a family, which was expected of him, he never grows close to them.
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