'The Standard of Living' - by Dorothy Parker.

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What is Dorothy Parker suggesting to readers regarding the values, dreams, and aspirations in today 's materialistic society? The story "Standard of Living" makes some strong statements about the values of todays society. Annabel and Midge are obsessed with money. The girls spend countless hours fantasizing about being millionaires and trying to emulate those that are. Their love of money is not only fueled by the materialistic products they can buy with it, but by the envy they get from others that thing Annabel and Midge have money, and the power that comes with that envy.

The setting of Fifth Avenue in New York, NY, is a key element in the story. Fifth Avenue is not just lined with high priced stores, it 's world famous for shopping; A
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Money allows people have whatever they want, whether it be a material item, or even a person. The tobacco industry is a great example. Tobacco products kill hundreds of thousands of people every year. Not only is it a repeat business to begin with, but the product itself is heavily addictive, so people give the company repeat business whether or not they really want to. The industry however
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